A piece of statutory government guidance for education staff is being updated in time for the new school term. Are you up to date with the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) 2018 changes?
What is Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
Keeping Children Safe in Education (often shortened to KCSiE) is a piece of statutory government guidance that sets out the legal duties all staff in education must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people aged under 18 years in schools and colleges.
The guidance applies to all schools and education settings, and Part 1 in addition to Annex A should be read by all staff, including teachers, headteachers, and all staff working in education settings, plus governing bodies, proprietors and management committees.
Do I need to read all of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
It is an absolute requirement for all school and college staff to read Part 1 and Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education.
While it is also very useful to have a keen awareness of the rest of the document too, this is not a requirement for everyone.
Ofsted inspectors will want to see evidence that every member of staff in your school has read and understood Part 1 and Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018. Failure to evidence this could lose your school valuable marks during inspection.
What has changed in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
Substantial changes have been made to the updated guidance, so it is essential that you read and understand everything in Part 1 and Annex A. Some of the key changes we have highlighted include:
- There is clarity on schools having their own safeguarding policy – one that is relevant to specific issues particular to the school such as societal and locational issues
- Schools are now required to have at least two emergency contacts per child
- Schools should carry out a risk assessment to decide if volunteers require an enhanced DBS check
- In regard to children with SEN and disabilities, there needs to be a greater awareness that behaviour, mood, and injury may correlate to abuse not just disability – therefore extra pastoral support is required
- Schools are required to have policies on behaviour and children missing education and these should be included in inductions
- Children missing school should be viewed as a vital warning sign for a potential safeguarding issue, i.e. child sexual exploitation, forced marriage, etc.
There are also some new sections in the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 guidance, and these include:
- ‘Child criminal exploitation: County lines’, which looks at child exploitation in criminal activities such as drug trafficking
- ‘Domestic abuse’, which looks at the risks to a child’s welfare with regard to domestic abuse cases
- An expanded section and definitions of contextual factors surrounding sexual violence and harassment between children
- ‘Homelessness’, which looks at the risks to a child’s welfare with regard to homelessness
Please keep in mind that these are just some of the changes. You should not rely solely on the information contained in this blog post.
It is an absolute requirement that all staff working in education read Part 1 and Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and get fully acquainted with the updates and changes.
How can I ensure all staff have read Part 1 and Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
We understand that it’s not always the easiest thing to ensure every member of staff has read the document, and it’s even more difficult to evidence this. That’s why we’ve created a new complementary course to enable you to easily keep track of who has or hasn’t read Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 – Part 1 and Annex A.
Our new course Keeping Children Safe in Education is the most simple and reliable way to distribute the updated guidance to all staff in your school or college. You can set up an organisation account with our easy to use online management system (your school may already have an account with us if you have ever taken our online safeguarding courses).
Our online system will give every member of staff their own unique login details. Staff can then log in to their own account on our system and access the Keeping Children Safe in Education course once it has been purchased and assigned to them by the administrator.
What is included in the Keeping Children Safe in Education course?
Our new Keeping Children Safe in Education course contains all of the content from the newly updated guidance, broken down into easy to digest sections that staff can read through at their own pace, on screen in the same style as our online safeguarding courses.
There is the option for staff to read the entire document, or they can take the course that covers only Part 1, or Part 1 and Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 instead, depending on their role in the school and what is required.
For reference, all staff who work directly with children will need to read Part 1 and Annex A, whereas admin staff, for example, are only required to read Part 1. Our course allows for these different eventualities.
Staff can pause and restart the course at any time and the system will remember where it left off, so this is a convenient feature for staff with busy timetables. At the end of the course, after reading and digesting all of the information, staff will receive a certificate of completion and the administrator(s) for your school or college account will be able to see that they have completed the course.
This is very useful for keeping track of who has fulfilled their duty of reading Part 1 and Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018. Remember, unlike many other government documents, this piece of statutory guidance is required reading for everyone working in a school or college setting. All staff must be able to evidence this to an Ofsted inspector. Our course enables you to show solid evidence for all staff, including the date the course was completed by each staff member, in one easy to access online location.
How can I purchase the Keeping Children Safe in Education course?
The course goes live on 3 September 2018. We are taking advance orders now and we are happy to help you set up everything so that you can roll the Keeping Children Safe in Education course out to all staff on 3 September if you want to.
If you are interested in our Keeping Children Safe in Education online course, please get in touch with our friendly customer support team by calling us on 01327 552030 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will reply with further information and pricing.
Where can I view Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
The full government guidance can always be found on the GOV.UK website. To view Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018, please click here.
When do the changes come into effect?
The updated Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 guidance takes effect from Monday 3 September 2018. Until then, staff should refer back to the previous guidance from 2016.