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Keeping Children Safe in Education – further changes

04 March 2016

On 22 December 2015 the Department for Education (DfE) published a consultation document, setting out proposed further changes to KCSiE. The consultation closed on 16 February 2016. The updated guidance is to take effect in September 2016.

The key changes that have been proposed are:

  • Increasing the focus on the importance of a child centred and co-ordinated approach to safeguarding
  • Emphasising role of individual staff and ‘understanding’ of Part One (as well as ‘reading’ of Part One) i.e. need for staff training on the impact of Part One
  • Importance of early help
  • Importance of data sharing
  • Clarification of role of DSL – and interaction with staff and making referrals to children’s social care
  • New section on online safety and data sharing – filtering, monitoring and ensuring that children are taught about safeguarding
  • Clarifying and aligning training requirements for DSL and other staff – at least annually for all staff
  • New section covering children with SEN and disabilities
  • The section in Part One ‘What school and college staff should look out for’ (paragraphs 14-17) has been amended to refer to the examples of potential signs of abuse and neglect set out in the Government advice: ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused 2015 – Advice for Practitioners’ (published March 2015) and to the NSPCC website
  • Flowchart ‘Actions when there are concerns about a child’ has been amended

Joanna Lada-Walicki