Safeguarding Changes in Education from 2 Sep 2020
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE ) has been updated on 2nd Sep 2020. It sets out the legal duties schools and colleges* must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges (includes WBL providers and all working with under 18’s).
Copies of policies and a copy of Part one of the KCSiE 2020 document should be provided to staff at induction and all staff should sign to say they have read and understood the content. ‘Regulated activity in relation to children: scope’ describes work that a must not do. “We have also published guidance on” .The key changes that you need to be aware of, in relation to HR and Employment matters include the definition of safeguarding, managing allegations against supply teachers, and the explicit inclusion of mental health. Part one of KCSIE sets out what all staff need to know, what they need to look out for and where they should report their concerns. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development, ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Part 1 – Safeguarding information for all employees now includes information on mental and physical health in relation to safeguarding and the welfare of children. There is further guidance signposted to support this. It also provides employees with further information about child criminal exploitation and child sexual exploitation. Reference has been added to make it explicitly clear what School and College employees should do if they have safeguarding concerns about another employee who may pose as a risk or harm to children. This also applies to supply staff and volunteers who work at the School or College.
Part 2 – The management of safeguarding now includes an additional link to ‘When to call the police guidance’ from the NPCC and paragraphs 74-81 confirm the new multi-agency working arrangements that are now in place. Part two of the revised KCSIE sets out the responsibilities of governing bodies and proprietors to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and includes guidance on the safeguarding policies and procedures they should have in place. The wording in this section has been updated to reflect the three safeguarding partners system is now running. The designated safeguarding lead and any deputies should liaise with the three safeguarding partners and work with other agencies in line with Working together to safeguard children.
A link to NPCC guidance has also been added and it should help designated safeguarding leads to understand when they should consider calling the police and what to expect when they do as well as further clarification about GDPR and withholding information. ‘Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure relevant staff have due regard to the relevant data protection principles, which allow them to share (and withhold) personal information, as provided for in the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR.’