As you may be aware, the Department for Education recently published the new ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016’ coming into force 5th September 2016.
You will notice that there has not been major changes made in the new KCSIE, however there is further clarity in some topics and a few loose ends tied up, especially in Safer Recruitment.
Over the last 12 months, the Government has developed and implemented new regulations without changing the KCSIE guidance. The new 2016 KSCIE now reflects these changes and ensures it’s up to date.
We have summarised the changes in the latest KCSIE 2016:
- All school staff must read and understand part one of KCSIE and it states schools should ensure there are ‘mechanisms in place to assist staff to understand’ and discharge their roles and responsibilities
- ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads’ are to undertake safeguarding training every year. The requirement remains at a 2 year interval but states updates should be given ‘at least annually’
- Staff training should now include the following safeguarding topics:
- Peer-on-Peer Abuse
- Understanding vulnerabilities of learners with SEN and disabilities
- Honour-based violence
- ‘Schools Child Protection Policy’ should now reflect the different forms that peer on peer abuse can take and making it clear that abuse should never be tolerated
- Staff need to be able to identify vulnerable learners who need ‘early help’ and should be able to understand the difference between safeguarding concerns and a child in immediate danger or at risk of harm
- Online safety has now been brought in as a key part of safeguarding in KCSIE and emphasis has been made on the filtering and having a proactive monitoring regime of online activity
- There is now more enforcement that governors and proprietors should ensure children are taught about safeguarding as part of a balanced curriculum
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 clarifies several issues around safer recruitment:
- Concerns about independent school proprietors should go straight to the Local Authority Designated Officer
- All Governors now need an Enhanced DBS check
- The NCTL’s Teacher services system now provides restriction information about teachers from the European Economic Area and these checks must be recorded for staff from these countries
- The prohibition from teaching check must be completed for everyone engaged in teaching work whether a qualified teacher or not and recorded on the Single Central Record
- Staff must confirm that Agency staff, are the same people that the Agency has vetting checks for
- There is increased emphasis for Designated Safeguarding Leads on ensuring that they have a job description and the cover arrangements are clear. KSCIE also enforces that the DSL cannot delegate their responsibilities to others
Actions you need to take before the new guidance comes into force on the 5th September 2016:
- Update your Safeguarding Policy
- Update your Safer Recruitment Policy
- Update staff training content
- Identify and monitor Early Help pupils
To see the guidance in full, click here.
If you would like training on Keeping Children Safe In Education, we can provide accredited training alongside our business partners, FusionHR who provide numerous training sessions to education professionals across the country. For more information on this, speak to a member of the Personnel Checks team today.
If you have any further questions about the latest Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance or about how Personnel Checks can help safeguard your organisation, please don’t hesitate to give a member of the PC team a call.