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Keeping Children Safe in Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education, the statutory safeguarding guidance for schools, has been updated. Chris Parr looks at some of the key changes and requirements for schools

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) is not just a key responsibility of all schools, but also the title of the statutory Department for Education (DfE) guidance on safeguarding – an updated version of which came into force at the start of the new school year. So what do schools need to know about the changes?

The new document builds on the previous KCSIE guidance, which has been in force since September 2016, but it strengthens its focus in a number of areas – including how schools tackle peer-on-peer abuse.

In this area, schools are now required to have a safeguarding policy that details the preventative steps taken to mitigate against such incidents occurring and that must state how any incidents will be managed. Schools should also be aware that the new document makes previous guidance on dealing with cases of sexual harassment and violence a statutory requirement.

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