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3 Mar 2015

Supplementary Advice to KCSiE

ISC has been working closely with DfE on the supplementary advice that was published in October which caused some concern in our schools.

ISC was on the stakeholder group that provided detailed comment to DfE on how to make the guidance clearer and more closely aligned with the law. DfE has now accepted that the offence within the legislation is knowingly employing someone that is disqualified. DfE has therefore confirmed that self-declarations are simply one way in which schools can make staff aware of the legislation and are not a legal requirement. The revised guidance was published last week and whilst it is a marked improvement on the previous advice, there are still some inconsistencies and points of concern on which ISC is seeking clarification and amendment from DfE.

In the longer term, ISC will be lobbying on removing schools from the disqualification regulations altogether given that DBS checks should be sufficient to check the suitability of staff and the 'by association' aspect is only relevant to provision on domestic premises.

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.