Revised Statutory Guidance Keeping Children Safe In Education
Posted on 11 September 2015
Revised Statutory Guidance - 'Keeping Children Safe in Education', DfE (July 2015)
On 22 July 2015, the Department for Education (DfE) published a revised version of Keeping Children Safe in Education. This became statutory with immediate effect and is guidance that all schools and further education colleges must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Summary of the Changes
The document has been updated to reflect the new Prevent Duty, to emphasise responsibilities concerning children missing from education and to provide more content on female genital mutilation (FGM).
Part 1: Safeguarding information for all staff
- States that staff should be aware of new reporting requirements with regard to known cases of FGM (paragraph 18)
- Provides new information for staff on children missing from education (pages 13-14)
- Provides further information for staff on FGM including information about the mandatory reporting duty that is due to commence in October 2015 (pages 14-15)
- Provides further information for staff on preventing radicalisation - the guidance provides clarity about the level of training required and states that as a minimum, schools should ensure that the DSL undertakes Prevent awareness training and is able to provide advice and support to other members of staff on protecting children from the risk of radicalisation (pages 15-16)
Part 2: The Management of Safeguarding
- Clarifies that governing bodies and proprietors should put in place appropriate safeguarding responses to children who go missing from education (paragraph 35)