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29 Apr 2014

Keeping children safe in education published

DfE have finally published “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. Also see updates on Guidance on Historic Abuse and Recruiting Overseas Staff.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Despite DfE’s previous indication that the guidance would be implemented from September 2014, the guidance has immediate effect. Having been through the guidance in some detail now, it is apparent that there are new requirements and new statutory recommendations and we have written to DfE requesting their feedback on the identified changes, which include:

  • Prohibition from teaching checks described as mandatory, and inclusion of the results of the check in the Single Central Record;
  • Volunteers and others who work regularly with children to be included in Single Central Record;
  • Guidance on host family checks at odds with prior practice.

DfE have confirmed, however, that schools have a term’s grace in order to implement any changes necessary to be fully compliant with the new guidance. ISI has recently issued guidance on how schools undergoing inspection this term should approach the new guidance.

Guidance on Historic Abuse

A reminder that guidance on handling historic abuse allegations is available to schools on the member zone of our website. We keep it updated to reflect best practice and new guidance – for example, the new Keeping Children Safe guidance now replaces the former guidance on dealing with allegations. Please log in as usual and click on ‘Legal Guidance’.

Recruiting Overseas Staff

In their most recent newsletter, the Disclosure and Barring Service confirmed that they appreciate that recruiting skilled staff from overseas quickly and efficiently is essential for many UK employers. To make this as easy as possible for overseas applicants, DBS has confirmed that employers can ask the applicant to consider using a UK ‘care of’ address. This address can be a family, friend, employer or the Registered Body address. The applicant can then collect the certificate when they come to the UK or have it forwarded on to them. To do this, the ‘care of’ address needs to be provided in section b of the application form, clearly stating it is a ‘care of’ address. The applicant’s current address can then be provided in section c and will need to be verified in the usual way. Please see slide 14 of the DBS e-guide for more information.

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.