The Department for Education (DfE) has published the 2020 keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) statutory guidance. This new guidance, found here, will come into force from 1 September 2020, when it will replace the 2019 guidance. However, until the 1 September, schools must continue to use the 2019 guidance.
Due to the exceptional circumstances prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, the consultation on changes to the KCSIE 2020 statutory guidance was halted. NAHT has worked closely with the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure there were no significant changes enacted by the 2020 guidance that created new responsibilities or additional burdens for schools and colleges.
Subsequently, the guidance has reverted to the KCSIE 2019 version, with some small changes. These fall into three categories:
- those that reflect legislative changes and as such are essential to ensure the guidance remains accurate
- those that provide additional helpful support and information, such as on mental health and children in need
- important clarifications which will help the sector better understand and/or follow our guidance.
A full breakdown of the changes is included in Annex H, pg. 115. The significant changes proposed in the postponed 2020 consultation will be taken forwards to be consulted on in the new academic year for the 2021 version.
First published 18 June 2020