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6 Jul 2017

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.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The work undertaken by the IICSA is progressing and residential schools are expected to be actively involved in the autumn.

In her annual report, Professor Jay concluded that the principal focus would be forward looking. While no case studies or core participants have yet been identified for this investigation, information gathering has moved on to include residential special schools and some BSA schools have been asked to provide information about allegations of child sexual abuse and how they were managed, and to provide examples of best practice.

The English Benedictine Congregation ("which has been the subject of numerous allegations of child sexual abuse, including at schools run by the Congregation") is being used as a case study for the Roman Catholic investigation.

Children and Social Work Act 2017

The Children and Social Work Bill received royal assent on 27 April 2017 and is now known as the Children and Social Work Act 2017. The implementation timetable for the provisions affecting independent schools is not clear but changes will include:

  • The establishment of a Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. The Panel's role is to identify serious child safeguarding cases in England which raise issues that are complex or of national importance and, where it considers appropriate, to arrange for these cases to be reviewed under the Panel's supervision.
  • The replacement of the Local Safeguarding Children Board structure with a team of safeguarding partners. The safeguarding partners must make arrangements to work together with any relevant agencies in exercising their functions, including identifying and responding to the needs of children in the area.
  • Compulsory sex and relationships education. All schools will be required to provide relationships education for primary school pupils in England as well as sex and relationships education for secondary school pupils.

Additional regulations will be required to implement these changes and we will keep you updated as to when they will come into force.

Automated external defibrillators guidance

The DfE guide Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) was updated 19 June 2017 to reflect the latest AED purchasing arrangements. The guide was first published in November 2014 and provides guidance on how to purchase, install, use, and maintain Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools.

Schools should note that whilst there is no obligation to purchase or install AEDs on school premises, the DfE is actively encouraging schools to consider purchasing these devices as part of their first aid equipment.

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