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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.

DfE review of asbestos policy for schools in England

The Department for Education has published a policy review on asbestos management in schools following the call for evidence at the beginning of last year. The document sets out DfE’s key findings and the steps they will take to address any barriers to the safe and effective management of asbestos in schools.

Health records and data protection

ISC received the following notice from the Royal College of Nursing:

“The Royal College of Nursing is the largest professional trade union for nurses, including nurses working in Independent, day and Boarding Schools. We have been approached by a significant number of members over recent months with regard to potential breaches of the Data Protection Act as a result of the introduction of new IT systems into schools. Children and young people have the same right to confidentiality as adults in respect of their health information. If health information is to be kept on electronic systems access must be completely restricted to registered nurses and medical practitioners only. External providers of new IT systems can activate restriction measures to ensure this is the case. A failure to do so could breach the Data Protection Act. It should also be noted that all health information whether in paper or electronic format must be kept until the child reaches 25 years of age. This is a legal requirement and includes school health records. If schools are introducing new IT systems consideration must be made to archiving health information confidentially and securely.”

ISC will be liaising with the RCN to facilitate the sharing of useful information and guidance which may assist schools. Schools with specific queries about the above notice are welcome to contact legal@isc.co.uk.

7 Mar 2017 Safeguarding

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

The Inquiry continues and all schools need to ensure that you are prepared by conducting an internal review of all documentation to ensure that there is access to any information which may be relevant for the inquiry

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2 Feb 2017 Safeguarding

Safeguarding - update February 2017

Pastoral care in further education, independent inquiry into child sexual abuse and Prevent in schools.

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12 Jan 2017 Safeguarding

Safeguarding - update January 2017

Safeguarding in Sport, Online issues with pupils aged 11-14 years old, Cloud software and data protection

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2 Dec 2016 Safeguarding

Safeguarding - update December 2016

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), Code for Sports Governance

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6 Oct 2016 Safeguarding

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

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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.