Safeguarding guidance updated with advice on tackling sexual violence

A new “Part 5” has been added to the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) statutory guidance to help schools tackle and respond to peer-on-peer sexual harassment, abuse and violence.

The updated document, which will come into effect from September 3 this year, has been published by the Department for Education (DfE) alongside an updated version of its standalone advice to schools – Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges.

It comes after the government published the findings of the recent consultation over updates to the KCSIE guidance.

Other updates in the new guidance include further advice on the use of restraint and reasonable force as well as information on safeguarding duties around student exchange visits.

The new Part 5 addresses issues such as responding to reports of sexual violence and harassment, including the immediate response and risk assessments, actions to take following a report, and referrals, including to social services or to the police. On-going victim support and other considerations are also included.

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