Keeping children safe in education

KCSIE 2018 Changes - Keeping Children Safe in Education

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What is the KCSIE Document?

The KCSIE Document is statutory guidance for schools, colleges and other institutes of education and it’s put together by the Department of Education. It applies to all school staff as well as to governing bodies, management committees and proprietors. Every member of staff within a school must read at least part 1 of the guidance, as it sets out what legal duties must be followed to ensure the correct safeguarding and welfare of children under the age of 18.

The KCSIE is updated every 2 years. We have the KCSIE 2016 document and the 2018 updated version has been made into a programme within our course library.

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What changes have been made to the 2018 version?

There have been numerous changes to this version of the KCSIE document, including Online Safety, Safer Recruitment and Allegations of abuse made against teachers and other staff.

An outline of the changes:

Safeguarding Information

The DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) of a school will have a total picture of the safeguarding policies and procedures and will be the most appropriate person to go to for any safeguarding issues or concerns.

As part of every staff induction, new staff should be introduced to behaviour policies, responses to children that go missing from education and the identity of the DSL.

The following points have been introduced to help staff recognise the potential need for early help and intervention:

  • The child is showing signs of being drawn into antisocial or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups
  • The child is at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation
  • The child is showing early signs of abuse and/or neglect
  • The child is at risk of being radicalised or exploited
  • The child is a privately fostered child

Sexual harassment and sexual violence have been added to the list of safeguarding issues regarding peer-on-peer abuse. Staff should be more aware of this.

Safer Recruitment

In terms of DBS checks, the DFE now recommends that every school/college contacts the TRA (Teaching Regulation Agency) to see if a proposed governor has been barred due to a section 128 directive.

According to the updates, the now defunct GTCE (General Teaching Council for England) still carries weight in terms of disciplinary sanctions, so checks will need to be made.

When recruiting volunteers, schools and colleges will need to identify whether the position fits the ‘child workforce’ criteria used when completing the ‘position applied for’ field on a DBS application.

If a school or college places a child in alternative provision, they are still responsible for the safeguarding of that child, so they need to be satisfied that the provider meets the needs of the pupil and complies with legislation.

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Allegations of abuse made against teachers and other staff

To clarify the ‘harm test’, a link to DfE guidance has been added.

Social care is now a reporting option when a manager is concerned about a child's welfare in the community following a staff member’s dismissal or suspension.

Online Safety

The following resources have been added to the KCSIE to help support schools and colleges with their online safety:

Schools and colleges can now easily review online safety with a free online safety tool that is provided alongside questions for the governing board.

Page 94 of the KCSIE document now lists numerous organisations that can provide institutes of education with support concerning online safety.

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