On 2 September Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2019 came into force; it is available on GOV.UK here. This version replaces both KCSIE 2018 and the 'for information' version published on 26 June 2019.
The changes are of a largely factual and technical nature and include among other things, new content on serious violence, upskirting (now a criminal offence) and a link to the departmental advice supporting schools to teach pupils how to stay safe online, available here. A full breakdown of the changes are included at Annex H of the guidance.
Schools and colleges should note that since the publication of the 'for information' version, a change has been made to ensure KCSIE is up to date. Paragraph 79 has been updated to include advice about the sharing of pupils' education data where the serious harm test is met.
Schools and colleges are reminded to have regard to Part 5 of the guidance, which was introduced for the first time in September 2018. It covers managing reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment. Children can sexually abuse other children and it doesn't only happen in secondary schools; it can take place in primary schools too. Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment exist in many forms, from calling someone sexualised names, flicking bra straps, lifting-up skirts, grabbing bottoms, breasts and genitalia to sexual assault and rape. Sexual violence and sexual harassment are not acceptable, it should never be tolerated and should never be seen as an inevitable part of growing up.
Detailed advice to support schools and colleges understand, prevent and respond to reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment is available here.
NAHT's guidance on KCSIE looks at some of the key changes and explains what school leaders must now do to comply with the statutory guidance. At the end of our examination of the changes, we include a keeping children safe in education action plan for you to follow.
First published 06 January 2020