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Keeping Children Safe in Education - New Updates to Guidance


Keeping Children Safe in Education - New Updates to Guidance

Key statutory updates to Keeping Children Safe in Education guideline come into effect on the 3rd September. Do you know what they are? 

The NSPCC has provided these at-a-glance highlights of the changes

The updated guidance includes a new section (Part 5) on Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment. This section covers in detail:

  • How schools should respond to incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment, emphasising the need for effective training and policies in schools and colleges
  • The need for risk assessments in school following reports of incidents of sexual violence or sexual harassment
  • The action needed to take to support victims and alleged perpetrators of sexual violence or harassment.
The guidance adds further information on the management of safeguarding in a school, including emphasising that staff need to act immediately if they have a concern about a child.

The guidance includes new or more detailed information on safeguarding issues including:
  • Child criminal exploitation: children being used to carry drugs or money from urban to rural areas
  • Homelessness
  • Domestic abuse
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Children missing from education
Relevant parts of the guidance will be updated again when the statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children is published.

Download the NSPCC's full briefing here of the amendments here