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Keeping children safe in education: Key changes and priorities for the year ahead

A new school year is underway and the statutory safeguarding guidance has once again been updated. Elizabeth Rose offers some key points to consider now and in the months ahead

September is a busy time in the safeguarding calendar. The key document Keeping children safe in education (DfE, 2023) is updated and came into force on September 1. Over recent years these updates have necessitated changes in both policy and practice.

Most schools front-load their safeguarding training, with a substantial session on the first day of term and induction processes to ensure safe working practices are in place for new staff, the bulk of which start in new roles at the beginning of the academic year.

It can feel like a very busy time with a lot to keep track of, but an effective start sets the tone for the rest of the year, and this is crucial in establishing and embedding a culture of safeguarding across the school.

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