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.
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 inquiryRead More
Safeguarding - update February 2017
Pastoral care in further education, independent inquiry into child sexual abuse and Prevent in schools.Read More
Safeguarding - update January 2017
Safeguarding in Sport, Online issues with pupils aged 11-14 years old, Cloud software and data protectionRead More
Safeguarding - update December 2016
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), Code for Sports GovernanceRead More
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 imagesRead More
Identification Checking Guidelines
Information from the Disclosure and Barring Service on the changes to the list of documents the applicant must provide.Download