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Keeping Children Safe in Education: Important changes for the new school year

The new school year has seen some minor – but important – changes to the statutory safeguarding guidance Keeping children safe in education. Dawn Jotham runs through the changes and offers her advice

The Department for Education’s statutory guidance, Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) has been updated for the new academic year (DfE, September 2019).

As this comes just one year after the previous more substantial update, there are not a large number of changes this time around. However, there are references to key safeguarding issues such as upskirting, now that is has become a criminal offence, and also serious violence. Knowledge of both of these issues is vital.

While this section was included in KCSIE 2018, this entire section has now been removed. This is because when KCSIE 2018 was being finalised, the details of the new local arrangements were in a period of transition. However, this period has now closed.

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