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Keeping children safe in education

Keeping children safe in schoolsViews are being sought on proposed revisions to existing statutory guidance for schools on keeping children safe. These include:

  • Increasing the focus on the importance of a child centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding;
  • Emphasising further the role that individual staff play in safeguarding and the fact it is everyone’s responsibility;
  • Highlighting the importance of early help and how it sits in the wider safeguarding system;
  • Highlighting the importance of data sharing;
  • Clarification on the role of the designated safeguarding lead and cover for the role;
  • A new section to cover online safety;
  • Aligning and clarifying training requirements for the designated safeguarding lead and staff;
  • Updating the inspection section to reflect the Ofsted framework; and
  • A new section covering children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Consultation was launched on 22 December 2015 and responses should be submitted by 16 February 2016. Read more: here 

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