Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

What has changed in the new guidance?

draft updated guidance

It is that time of year again and the Department for Education have launched a draft version of Keeping Children Safe in Education on 26th June to come into force on 2nd September 2019.

We’ve been up all night (well, up at 8:30 anyway) to go through Annex H and set out the changes for you. They’re relatively minor, but you will need to ensure that you update your policies and ensure staff have read, understood and can apply the new guidance.

To help, we will produce a staff briefing on upskirting next month and are updating our Keeping Children Safe in Education Knowledge Check which verifies staff not only say they have read Keeping Children Safe in Education, but verifies their understanding and application of the guidance too. Join now and have immediate access to our materials until Christmas, or contact us for a demonstration.

You can access the draft September 2019 guidance at the bottom of the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education page.

What is new in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

The significant changes are set out in Annex H. They are as follows:

Part 1 and Annex A

  • Part 1 – revised to improve the flow. While the content has not been changed some information on abuse and neglect has been moved to the “What school and college staff should look out for” section
  • Upskirting has now been included in Keeping Children Safe in Education as it is a criminal offence, and additional pargraphs have been added on serious violence
  • NSPCC whistleblowing  helpline updated – now 0800 028 0285
  • Annex A has had a slight amendment to the children with family members to ensure this covers England & Wales, added Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation into the so-called ‘honour’ based violence section to clarify they are included, and added information on upskirting.

Other changes

  • Changes to reflect the new requirements for relationships education, relationships & sex education and health education, the implementation of the new safeguarding children partnership arrangements nationally and the new Ofsted framework
  • Reference to s167A (prohibition on participation in the management of independent schools) has been removed
  • Direct link to overseas trained teachers guidance has been removed as this is currently being updated
  • s128 checks are required on maintained school governors to ensure they are not barred (via the Teaching Regulation Agency’s website)
  • Clarity that associate members of governing bodies are not subject to DBS checks
  • A link has been made to the new guidance on Teaching Online Safety in Schools

be ready

So the changes are not wide-ranging, but will mean staff will need to update their familiarity with Part 1 and Annex A. Safeguarding Network is here to ensure schools have a robust response while trying to save you time where possible. You will want to:

  1. Update your safeguarding policies and other materials to reflect you are working to the September 2019 guidance
  2. Consider s128 checks on governors, mandatory if you are a maintained school
  3. Ensure your staff understand the seriousness of upskirting and take proper action if they suspect this has happened – we will shortly be providing a training pack on this for our members which you can use to brief staff on their first day back
  4. Start planning for September to ensure staff have read, understood and can apply the new guidance. We will be updating our Keeping Children Safe in Education Knowledge Check which sends each member of staff a link to the new guidance and asks them to confirm they have read it, with reminders until they have. The check also asks them how they would respond to a variety of situations in Part 1/Annex A of the guidance, checks they can apply the knowledge they have gained and asks that they have read the school policies specified in the guidance (child protection, behaviour, code of conduct and whistleblowing). The tool is online and can be completed at school or at home. Staff receive a certificate online on completion and the DSL receives a weekly report through September and October on progress. The tool is only 99p per member of staff to Safeguarding Network members.

You might take this as an opportunity to put in place a more comprehensive and structured approach to safeguarding training in your school. The 110 pages of the guidance are wide-ranging and can’t all be covered in one day of training every 2-3 years. Our clear approach provides your DSL with evidence-based, bite-size training packs with quizzes, presentations, scenarios and other resources. Described by the Ofsted inspector visiting one of our schools as a “game-changer”, our approach improves safeguarding knowledge and understanding across the school while saving your DSL time in preparing briefings and bringing staff up to date for only £99 a term.

Join now and you will immediately have access to the benefits of Safeguarding Network through until Christmas allowing you to prepare for the new year over the summer, or contact us to arrange a demonstration.

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