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.
Keeping children safe in education – revised statutory guidance
The Department of Education has published revised guidance on safeguarding duties.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)
The KCSiE statutory guidance will be effective from 5 September 2016.
Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect Consultation
The government has launched a public consultation
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.
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.
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.
KCSIE - new from 5 September 2016
An updated version of KCSiE has been published following DfE’s recent consultation.
Handling allegations of non-recent abuse
Farrer & Co has produced a note which schools might find useful
Inquiry into sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools
Inquiry into sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
The Government has published multi-agency statutory guidance.
‘Together we can tackle child abuse’ campaign
DfE is running a nationwide communications campaign to encourage members of the public to report child abuse.
Guidance on ‘sexting’
Sexting guidance is in the early stages of being developed by the police in England and Wales.
Delay in DBS Checks
We are aware that some schools are experiencing delays in obtaining DBS checks.
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)
The consultation on the revised draft Keeping Children Safe in Education closes on 16 February 2016.
Nicky Morgan has announced a package of new measures to assist schools in tackling extremism.
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.
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.
Consultation on Keeping Children Safe in Education
DfE is consulting on proposed revisions to KCSiE
Other safeguarding information
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety has published guidance for all providers of online social media
Royal College of Nursing publications
The RCN has provided ISC with a list of documents available for schools to view on their website.
Behaviour and discipline advice
DfE has updated its departmental advice for school leaders and school staff on developing a school behaviour policy.
Supporting pupils with medical conditions
DfE has updated its statutory guidance about the support that pupils with medical conditions should receive at school.
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
The Home Office has published a leaflet providing facts relating to FGM.
November’s DBS news included a useful reminder on making a barring referral and information on piloting European criminal checks.
Family Justice Young People’s Board
DfE has circulated posters designed by the Family Justice Young People’s Board
Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation (FGM)
The Home Office and DfE have now published guidance.
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.
Female Genital Mutilation (duty to report)
Keeping Children Safe in Education has been updated to include information on the new duty
Behaviour and discipline guidance
Departmental advice for school leaders and school staff on developing a school behaviour policy.
New safeguarding website for parents
The Government has launched a new website called Parent Info.
Leading education law firms have been issuing updates and guidance on the Inquiry.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Update to keeping children safe in education (July 2015)
Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2015
Schools may have received an alert notifying them that KCSiE has been updated.
DfE advice on the Prevent Duty
ISC issued an alert in March to draw schools’ attention to statutory guidance.
Consultation on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
The Home Office has launched a consultation on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
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.
Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006
The Department for Education published statutory guidance under the Childcare Act 2006 at the end of February.
Online abuse and bullying guidance
The Department for Education has published guidance on online abuse and bullying prevention.
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.
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.
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.
DfE supplementary advice to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)
DfE has published supplementary advice on childcare disqualification requirements.
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
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.
Disclosure and Barring Service - August 2014
The Disclosure and Barring Service has updated some of their ‘update service guidance’ documents.
Health and Safety Executive publish new online resources
HSE has published new online resources specifically aimed at schools
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.
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.
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.
Identification Checking Guidelines
Information from the Disclosure and Barring Service on the changes to the list of documents the applicant must provide.Download