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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.

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. 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.

Safeguarding Guidance

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.

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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6 Sep 2016 Safeguarding

Keeping children safe in education – revised statutory guidance

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

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3 Sep 2016 Safeguarding

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)

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

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17 Aug 2016 Safeguarding

Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect Consultation

The government has launched a public consultation

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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.