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.
DfE take the view that an allegation is not ‘historic’ if it is made against a member of staff still in the workforce. All such allegations should therefore be handled in accordance with the statutory guidance on dealing with allegations of abuse and a referral to a LADO, preferably where the staff member currently works or, if that is not possible, where they formerly worked should be made.
DfE has informed ISC that the new guidance (which is due to be published in the next couple of months) will not be implemented until September 2014. Schools should therefore continue to follow the ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment’ guidance for the time being.
Behaviour and Discipline in Schools Advice updated
DfE has published an updated version of the Behaviour and Discipline departmental advice for school leaders and staff. The advice applies to all schools and explains the powers members of staff have to discipline pupils. It is however for individual schools to develop their own best practice for managing behaviour in their school.
Keeping children safe in education – revised statutory guidance
The Department of Education has published revised guidance on safeguarding duties.Read More
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)
The KCSiE statutory guidance will be effective from 5 September 2016.Read More
Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect Consultation
The government has launched a public consultationRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Identification Checking Guidelines
Information from the Disclosure and Barring Service on the changes to the list of documents the applicant must provide.Download