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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.

6 Jul 2017 Safeguarding

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.

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7 Jun 2017 Safeguarding

Safeguarding - update June 2017

Safeguarding checklist

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4 May 2017 Safeguarding

Safeguarding - update May 2017

NSPCC online safety

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4 Apr 2017 Safeguarding

Safeguarding - update April 2017

Consultation on allowing schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors

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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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20 Jan 2017

Counter-extremism policy in English schools

Briefing paper from the House of Commons

1 Sep 2016

Keeping children safe in education

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges from the DfE

1 Jul 2014

Identification Checking Guidelines

Information from the Disclosure and Barring Service on the changes to the list of documents the applicant must provide.