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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.

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.