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Keeping children safe in education – analysis of the latest update

Once again, the statutory safeguarding guidance Keeping children safe in education has been updated ahead of the new school year. Sara Alston looks at what has changed in the new guidance

At the end of February, the Department for Education issued a consultation on Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2020. However due to the Covid-19 crisis, this was suspended. Nevertheless, on June 17, the DfE issued an update of KCSIE, which as ever is to come into force on September 1 (DfE, 2020).

The changes lack the scope and ambition of those included in the consultation document, but even so there are a number of significant updates which schools will need to reflect in their policies, practice and training in September.

The document states that the only changes included are those required by legislation, mainly relating to the new relationships, sex and health education curriculum (DfE, 2019), or those which add helpful information or clarification – however having scrutinised the new documents, I would say that not all the changes necessarily fall into these two categories.

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