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31 Mar 2014

Mandatory reporting

In response to a recent Parliamentary question, Michael Gove indicated that his view on mandatory reporting of allegations of abuse has changed. Also see updates on searching, screening and confiscation advice and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Mandatory reporting

In response to a recent Parliamentary question, Michael Gove indicated that his view on mandatory reporting of allegations of abuse has changed:

"I had hitherto been concerned that mandatory reporting might create more work for children’s services departments than it would generate safety for children, but the specific case for reporting in regulated settings is one that we are actively reviewing."

ISC are already working with NSPCC to review the pros and cons of a system of mandatory reporting, backed up by criminal sanctions, and will report on developments. Please feel free to contact us directly with your views, on legal@isc.co.uk and/or via your association.

Searching, screening and confiscation advice

DfE has published advice for school leaders and staff explaining schools’ powers to search, screen and confiscate items found during a search. The advice applies to all schools in England and includes statutory guidance which schools must have regard to.

Disclosure and Barring Service

DBS is running events in several locations across the UK that outline the changes to the DBS due to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The events are targeted at those individuals who are responsible for removing individuals from regulated activity posts where harm has, or may, occur, with special emphasis on the barring functions of the DBS.

DBS has asked ISC to remind schools that these events are aimed at senior members of staff that deal with allegations against staff or are responsible for safeguarding. They have also advised us that only one person per school can attend and attendance at these events is subject to availability.

DBS Certificate numbers

DBS has received an increasing number of enquiries from applicants who want to find out their DBS Certificate number. This number is unique, has 12 digits and is located at the top right of every Certificate.

DBS will not provide this number to applicants without an accompanying certificate as it will not give prospective employers any useful information that will help them assess a candidate’s suitability for employment. Employers should not therefore employ individuals if they have not viewed their certificate.

If an applicant loses their certificate (whether attached to their update service subscription or not) and their employer needs a criminal records check, they will need to make a new application.

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Safeguarding - update July 2017

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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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Safeguarding - update April 2017

Consultation on allowing schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors

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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.