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30 Aug 2014

Keeping children safe in education - August 2014

ISC met with DfE over the summer to explore a number of inconsistencies raised by Keeping Children Safe in Education. Also see updates on Ebola and FGM.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

ISC met with DfE over the summer to explore a number of inconsistencies raised by “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. One of the more pressing issues related to checks on host families, and we were successful in obtaining written confirmation from DfE that there has been no legal or policy change in this area.

KCSiE is now fully in force for independent schools in England and inspections will be carried out on this basis.


ISC has been contacted by a handful of schools seeking guidance on dealing with students returning from or visiting West African countries affected by the current outbreak of Ebola.

ISC has been directing schools to the specific Ebola guidance and risk assessment published by Public Health England which is specifically for use in educational, childcare and young persons’ settings. There is also further Ebola information and FAQs on the gov.uk website. Schools with particular queries can contact their local Health Protection Team.


The Home Office and DfE have published updated guidelines to support and assist frontline professionals, such as teachers, health professionals, police officers and social workers, in safeguarding children and protecting adults from the abuses associated with FGM. The guidance can be viewed here.

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.