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Safeguarding

The safety of pupils is of paramount importance to schools.

However, over recent years a "bewildering array" of requirements, guidance and statutory guidance has been issued by the government. ISC works with colleagues and government officials to ensure these are stripped back to common sense and effective levels so that they are clear in principle and pragmatic and flexible in practice.

6 Oct 2016

Safeguarding - update October 2016

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE), KCSiE and host families, Sexual harassment and sexual violence, Online quiz on KCSiE by Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV), New sexting guidance, Photography and sharing images

6 Sep 2016

Keeping children safe in education – revised statutory guidance

The Department of Education has published revised guidance on safeguarding duties.

3 Sep 2016

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)

The KCSiE statutory guidance will be effective from 5 September 2016.

17 Aug 2016

Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect Consultation

The government has launched a public consultation

17 Aug 2016

Revised Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance

The Department of Education has published revised guidance on safeguarding duties, which will be live from 5 September 2016.

17 Aug 2016

Independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (known as the ‘Goddard Inquiry’)

Professor Alexis Jay has been appointed as the fourth Chairperson following Justice Goddard’s resignation.

23 Jun 2016

Children’s Commissioner for England – survey on schools and the prevention of child sexual abuse 

The Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield OBE, has sent 25,000 schools a survey by email.

2 Jun 2016

Female genital mutilation

Guidance

2 Jun 2016

Mental health report

IPPR study

2 Jun 2016

Online extremism and critical thinking resources

New resource from Childnet

2 Jun 2016

KCSIE - new from 5 September 2016

An updated version of KCSiE has been published following DfE’s recent consultation.

10 May 2016

DBS eligibility guide

Guide to eligibility update

10 May 2016

Ramadan and examinations

Information paper for schools and colleges

10 May 2016

Handling allegations of non-recent abuse

Farrer & Co has produced a note which schools might find useful

10 May 2016

Children's Society: Protecting young runaways

A range of resources

10 May 2016

Forced Marriage training

Free online course

10 May 2016

Sport safety

Independent review of “safety and welfare in sport”

10 May 2016

Inquiry into sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools

Inquiry into sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools

10 May 2016

Prevent

Prevent strategy advice

8 Apr 2016

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Government has published multi-agency statutory guidance.

8 Apr 2016

Prevent

The Home Office has published updated guidance.

8 Apr 2016

Mental Health Advice

DfE has updated advice on identifying and supporting pupils.

8 Apr 2016

Concussion guidance

BSA and MOSA have issued advice on concussion.

8 Apr 2016

‘Together we can tackle child abuse’ campaign

DfE is running a nationwide communications campaign to encourage members of the public to report child abuse.

8 Apr 2016

Guidance on ‘sexting’

Sexting guidance is in the early stages of being developed by the police in England and Wales.

8 Apr 2016

‘Educate against hate’ campaign

‘Educate Against Hate’ leaflets.

3 Mar 2016

Delay in DBS Checks

We are aware that some schools are experiencing delays in obtaining DBS checks.

3 Mar 2016

Counselling

DfE has updated advice for schools.

3 Mar 2016

Mental Health

DfE consultation.

3 Mar 2016

Child Safety Online

Government consultation.

3 Mar 2016

Definition of Child Sex Exploitation

Government consultation.

3 Mar 2016

Children Missing Education

Government consultation.

10 Feb 2016

DfE issue response to Islamic Human Rights Commission’s communication regarding Prevent duty

The DfE has issued a response to correspondence sent to schools from the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC)

4 Feb 2016

Children Missing Education

A consultation on amendments to legislation.

4 Feb 2016

KCSIE Consultation

The consultation on the revised draft Keeping Children Safe in Education closes on 16 February 2016.

4 Feb 2016

Prevent

Nicky Morgan has announced a package of new measures to assist schools in tackling extremism.

4 Feb 2016

New EEA prohibition check

ISC issued an alert on 20 January regarding a new check that schools may now carry out to check whether a teacher has been barred by an EEA authority.

4 Feb 2016

Female Genital Mutilation

DfE fact sheet.

4 Feb 2016

Goddard

ISC has issued guidance to schools on the Goddard inquiry.

4 Feb 2016

AQA Safeguarding Declaration

AQA’s requirement for a safeguarding declaration

20 Jan 2016

New safer recruitment check from 18 January – schools must check teacher restrictions imposed in Europe

An EU directive has introduced a new requirement on European Economic Area (EEA) authorities, which have responsibility for regulating the teaching profession, to share teacher prohibitions/sanctions with other EEA teacher regulators.

14 Jan 2016

Consultation on Keeping Children Safe in Education

DfE is consulting on proposed revisions to KCSiE

14 Jan 2016

Other safeguarding information

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety has published guidance for all providers of online social media

14 Jan 2016

Royal College of Nursing publications

The RCN has provided ISC with a list of documents available for schools to view on their website.

14 Jan 2016

Behaviour and discipline advice

DfE has updated its departmental advice for school leaders and school staff on developing a school behaviour policy.

14 Jan 2016

Supporting pupils with medical conditions

DfE has updated its statutory guidance about the support that pupils with medical conditions should receive at school.

14 Jan 2016

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

The Home Office has published a leaflet providing facts relating to FGM.

14 Jan 2016

DBS news

November’s DBS news included a useful reminder on making a barring referral and information on piloting European criminal checks.

14 Jan 2016

Family Justice Young People’s Board

DfE has circulated posters designed by the Family Justice Young People’s Board

22 Dec 2015

Keeping Children Safe in Education

DfE consultation on proposed changes

3 Dec 2015

Cyberbullying

Advice documents on cyberbullying

3 Dec 2015

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Resource pack update

3 Dec 2015

Counter-terrorism, Prevent and British values

Research briefing

6 Nov 2015

Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation (FGM)

The Home Office and DfE have now published guidance.

6 Nov 2015

Guidance on safeguarding responsibilities

The Safer Recruitment Consortium, a partnership between four organisations, has published guidance for professionals working in education settings to be read alongside KCSiE.

6 Nov 2015

Report on child exploitation

Barnados has published a report.

6 Nov 2015

Counter-extremism strategy

The Home Office has published a policy paper.

6 Nov 2015

Return to play guidance updated

Rugby Football Union (RFU) has updated its guidance.

2 Oct 2015

Female Genital Mutilation (duty to report)

Keeping Children Safe in Education has been updated to include information on the new duty

2 Oct 2015

Behaviour and discipline guidance

Departmental advice for school leaders and school staff on developing a school behaviour policy.

2 Oct 2015

New safeguarding website for parents

The Government has launched a new website called Parent Info.

2 Oct 2015

Goddard inquiry

Leading education law firms have been issuing updates and guidance on the Inquiry.

30 Sep 2015

Preventing extremism

The Prevent guidance was updated on 18 September.

28 Sep 2015

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Update to keeping children safe in education (July 2015)

2 Sep 2015

Goddard Inquiry

The Goddard inquiry was launched at the beginning of July.

2 Sep 2015

Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2015

Schools may have received an alert notifying them that KCSiE has been updated.

2 Sep 2015

DfE advice on the Prevent Duty

ISC issued an alert in March to draw schools’ attention to statutory guidance.

2 Sep 2015

Consultation on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Home Office has launched a consultation on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

16 Jul 2015

Goddard Inquiry opens

Letter on record retention sent to institutions

6 May 2015

DfE review of asbestos policy for schools in England

The Department for Education has published a policy review on asbestos management in schools. Also see updates on Health records and data protection.

24 Mar 2015

Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006

The Department for Education published statutory guidance under the Childcare Act 2006 at the end of February.

20 Mar 2015

Online abuse and bullying guidance

The Department for Education has published guidance on online abuse and bullying prevention.

3 Mar 2015

Supplementary Advice to KCSiE

ISC has been working closely with DfE on the supplementary advice that was published in October which caused some concern in our schools.

30 Jan 2015

The Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009

There has been further engagement with the DfE on the supplementary advice to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE). Also see updates on KCSiE: Prohibition Orders.

1 Dec 2014

Keeping children safe in education 

The new advice is currently non-statutory but will eventually form part of KCSiE and become statutory guidance. Also see updates on prohibition from teaching checks.

31 Oct 2014

Preventing and tackling bullying

DfE advice updated.

30 Oct 2014

DfE supplementary advice to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)

DfE has published supplementary advice on childcare disqualification requirements.

25 Oct 2014

Food allergies

EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation.

23 Oct 2014

Ebola Virus

The Department for Education has sent out advice to schools.

30 Sep 2014

Keeping children safe in education - September 2014

Keeping Children Safe in Education introduced for the first time the requirement for schools to check whether new staff are prohibited from teaching. Also see updates on Behaviour and Discipline Advice, DBS online tracking service and emergency asthm

30 Aug 2014

Keeping children safe in education - August 2014

ISC met with DfE over the summer to explore a number of inconsistencies raised by Keeping Children Safe in Education. Also see updates on Ebola and FGM.

26 Aug 2014

Disclosure and Barring Service - August 2014

The Disclosure and Barring Service has updated some of their ‘update service guidance’ documents.

24 Jul 2014

Health and Safety Executive publish new online resources

HSE has published new online resources specifically aimed at schools

29 Apr 2014

Keeping children safe in education published

DfE have finally published “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. Also see updates on Guidance on Historic Abuse and Recruiting Overseas Staff.

31 Mar 2014

Mandatory reporting

In response to a recent Parliamentary question, Michael Gove indicated that his view on mandatory reporting of allegations of abuse has changed. Also see updates on searching, screening and confiscation advice and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

28 Feb 2014

Historic abuse 

DfE take the view that an allegation is not ‘historic’ if it is made against a member of staff still in the workforce. Also see updates on Safeguarding Guidance and Behaviour and Discipline in Schools Advice.

31 Jan 2014

Disclosure and Barring Service - January 2014

The Disclosure and Barring Service has recently reminded all users that it is an offence to request a check of the barred lists for a role that is not eligible for one.

1 Aug 2014

Identification Checking Guidelines

Information from the Disclosure and Barring Service on the changes to the list of documents the applicant must provide.

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