Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

What has changed in the new guidance?

draft updated guidance

The Department for Education launched a draft version of Keeping Children Safe in Education on 26th June to come into force on 2nd September 2019.

We’ve been 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. Keep in touch with any changes by email with our bulletins – you can register here.

We’ve developed a free staff briefing on the new guidance, and members have detailed staff briefings and in-house training on the refreshed areas of peer-on-peer abuse and serious violence. Our Keeping Children Safe in Education Knowledge Check includes an update for staff, elearning on peer-on-peer abuse and checks staff not only say they have read Keeping Children Safe in Education, but verifies their understanding and application of the guidance too.

We’ve pulled everything together into a five-step KCSiE implementation guide.

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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

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.

Five step implementation guide for KCSiE

You can follow up on the changes in this breifing with our free implementation guide for Keeping Children Safe in Education.

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