Keeping Children Safe In Education

The Department for Education has revised the guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges. The guidance came into force for schools from 3rd September 2018.

Key Changes Include

Updated guidance in the form of a new section (Part 5) on Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment.

This section covers in detail:

  • how schools should respond to incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment, emphasising the need for effective training and policies in schools and colleges
  • the need for risk assessments in school following reports of incidents of sexual violence or sexual harassment
    the action needed to take to support victims and alleged perpetrators of sexual violence or harassment.
  • The guidance adds further information on the management of safeguarding in a school, including emphasising that staff need to act immediately if they have a concern about a child.

The guidance includes new and more detailed information on safeguarding issues including

  • Child criminal exploitation: children being used to carry drugs or money from urban to rural areas.
  • Homelessness.
  • Domestic abuse.
  • Child sexual exploitation.
  • Children missing from education.

The revised guidance contains a comprehensive list of changes at Annex H.

Download the revised guidance here.

The NSPCC has outlined the key points in a more detailed full briefing – please click here to access.