The DfE has revised guidance for schools and colleges on keeping children safe in education, which will commence 3 September 2018.
The DfE published guidance dated 5 September 2016, setting out the legal duties schools and colleges must comply with in order to keep children safe in education, and should be read alongside the Working together to safeguard children guidance from the DfE.
In the guidance, children include everyone under the age of 18. The advice is aimed at school and college staff with a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. The guidance provides the duties and good practices that should be complied with to keep children safe.
All staff should be asked to read at least Part one of the guidance, which is available as a standalone document for ease to staff. Part one offers safeguarding information for all staff, and includes setting out some of the following:
Changes to the advice
Following recent consultation, the government proposed to update and replace the current statutory guidance. Some of the following changes have been made:
There have also been some minor amendments to ensure the guidance reflects the most up to date terminology and legislation, including references to The National College for Teaching and leadership (NCTL) to reflect that from 1 April 2018, its functions will be dealt with by the newly established Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).
This is just a brief summary of some of the main changes to the guidance. The revised guidance will commence on 3 September 2018, until that point schools and colleges must continue to use the 2016 guidance. The DfE are committed to keeping the advice under review and will review the effectiveness of the amended guidance in 12-18 months’ time.
For more information or assistance, please contact the Education team.