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30 Sep 2014

Keeping children safe in education - September 2014

Keeping Children Safe in Education introduced for the first time the requirement for schools to check whether new staff are prohibited from teaching. Also see updates on Behaviour and Discipline Advice, DBS online tracking service and emergency asthm

Employer Access: A guide for users

Keeping Children Safe in Education introduced for the first time the requirement for schools to check whether new staff are prohibited from teaching – and changes consulted on over the summer will introduce this as a regulatory requirement in the Independent School Standards. DfE has now updated the Employer Access Guide, which explains how to access the lists of teachers who have been prohibited from teaching, teachers who may be the subject of a suspension or conditional order that is still current and teachers who have failed to successfully complete their induction or probation period. The guide can be accessed by clicking here.

Behaviour and Discipline Advice

DfE has updated their departmental advice for school leaders and school staff on behaviour and discipline. The advice explains the powers members of staff have to discipline pupils. It is for individual schools to develop their own best practice for managing behaviour in their school.

DBS online tracking service

The DBS online tracking service is up and running and can be accessed here. In order to check the progress of an application, you require the applicant’s date of birth and the application form reference number. Employers can also use the DBS multiple online tracking service to view several DBS applications at once and order blank application forms.

Emergency asthma inhalers in school

The Department of Health has recently published the consultation outcome in respect of amendments to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 to allow schools to buy and hold emergency salbutamol asthma inhalers. The Regulations come into effect on 1 October 2014 and schools that intend to provide emergency inhalers will need to consider amending any relevant policies. The Government consultation response can be found 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.