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.
Safeguarding - update July 2017
Information on the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA), the children and social work act 2017 and automated external defibrillators guidance.Read More
Safeguarding - update June 2017
Safeguarding checklistRead More
Safeguarding - update May 2017
NSPCC online safetyRead More
Safeguarding - update April 2017
Consultation on allowing schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectorsRead More
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.Read More
Counter-extremism policy in English schools
Briefing paper from the House of CommonsDownload
Keeping children safe in education
Statutory guidance for schools and colleges from the DfEDownload
Identification Checking Guidelines
Information from the Disclosure and Barring Service on the changes to the list of documents the applicant must provide.Download