This week, the Department for Education has released a new version of 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (KCSIE), which you can find here.
The document has been amended to improve clarity throughout, provide further information on existing topics and to add in new information where needed. There is a list of substantive changes towards the back of the document at Annex H. This new version of the guidance will apply to schools from 3 September 2018.
NAHT has been working closely with the department to offer feedback and ensure that the guidance is fit for purpose for teachers and school leaders. In our consultation response, NAHT highlighted the need for greater reference to be made about teaching and learning with respect to safeguarding, particularly where online safety is concerned which is reflected in the new version. NAHT is also pleased to see greater clarity which we asked for, around the use of restraint in schools, as the guidance now acknowledges that this isn't solely an issue for consideration for special schools. One key change in the guidance is the suggestion that schools should hold more than one emergency contact number. Many schools already do this wherever possible and NAHT is pleased to see that the DfE has reflected the point we made in our consultation response that it's important to recognise barriers that some schools may face in implementing this. They shouldn’t, therefore, be penalised if they are unable to act upon this recommendation.
One of the new additions to the document is the inclusion of part five, which gives a summary of the newly released guidance on peer-on-peer sexual violence and sexual harassment. NAHT provided extensive input into the development of the full sexual violence and sexual abuse guidance and will be continuing to support the DfE in reviewing it on a regular basis. While part five of KCSIE gives an overview of this important guidance, members should note that the full guidance on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges is more comprehensive and can be found here.
The DfE has committed to continue to review and strengthen the sexual violence and sexual harassment guidance based on feedback from the sector, and NAHT will continue to work alongside them to ensure this ongoing commitment.
If members have any particular feedback on this guidance please get in touch with the policy team at NAHT on firstname.lastname@example.org.
First published 21 May 2018