It’s essential for all staff who work in a school or education environment to have read Keeping Children Safe in Education. The 2019 update to this statutory government guidance includes some important changes that you’ll need to be aware of before the start of the academic year.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019
The statutory government guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (often abbreviated to KCSiE) has been updated this year to reflect safeguarding changes and advancements. The latest version of the document will come into effect on Monday 2nd September 2019 and it is your legal duty to have read the new guidance before the start of the academic year if you work in a school, college, or otherwise in an education environment with children or young people.
Our excellent Keeping Children Safe in Education online course breaks the full document down into a clear to read format to help you better understand the new updates as well as the rest of the KCSiE guidance. It’s a great way for schools and colleges to keep track of who has or hasn’t read the document and helps leaders and senior staff to roll the update out to everyone who needs to read it at the simple touch of a button—including governors, teachers, volunteers, and support staff.
What is Keeping Children Safe in Education?
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 is a document containing statutory government guidance that sets out the legal duties all staff in education must follow in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people aged 18 years and under in schools, colleges, and education settings across the United Kingdom.
The KCSiE guidance applies to all education settings, and Part 1 plus the school’s behaviour policy must be read by all staff. This includes teachers, headteachers, and everyone else working in an education environment (including admin and support staff) as well as governing bodies, proprietors, and management committees.
School and college leaders and all staff who work directly with children should also read Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019.
You should note that Keeping Children Safe in Education is refreshed regularly and the version you last read will have been updated with new advice and information in preparation for the 2019 academic year. You must have read the most current document. This is why it’s incredibly important to refresh your knowledge of KCSiE frequently, as with all aspects of safeguarding training.
What’s new in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019?
This year’s document is not only formatted differently than previous years, it also contains some updated information about Safeguarding Partners that you need to be aware of in order to implement effective safeguarding strategies at work.
You’re probably already aware of the recent switch to Safeguarding Partners, who will replace Local Safeguarding Children Boards across the country from September 2019. (You can read more about this change in structure by clicking here.) The updated Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 document reflects this change, by restructuring the previous advice surrounding LSCBs with the most current guidance for schools and colleges.
Similarly, the 2019 update includes reference to the new Ofsted inspection framework, which is incredibly important for you to be aware of as a member of staff working in education.
However, these are not the only changes you’ll find in the new Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 guidance. Updated information about the curriculum including Relationships and Sex Education and Online Safety expectations are contained in the 2019 update, which you will need to be aware of in your daily working life.
You can easily monitor which of your staff has or hasn’t read the latest 2019 updates with our useful Keeping Children Safe in Education online course.
How can I be sure that all staff read Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 before the start of the new academic year?
We all know, it’s easy for staff to say they’ve read a statutory document when, in reality, deadlines and other priorities have gotten in the way—and this is never more true than at the start of a new academic year. However, this isn’t good when it comes to safeguarding and certainly not in terms of your next inspection, as Ofsted and equivalent governing bodies will need to see evidence that every member of staff in your setting has read and understood the relevant parts of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019. That means reading the entire document for a lot of staff.
Our dedicated team of safeguarding experts here at the Child Protection Company listened to the needs of some of the hundreds of UK schools and colleges we work with and developed a tailor-made Keeping Children Safe in Education online course specifically to help staff in education keep track of who has read the document, so that you can evidence this to an Ofsted inspector at the simple touch of a button.
Keeping Children Safe in Education empowers staff to read through the document in a training course-style format, which is an effective means of retaining important safeguarding information rather than reading it from “just another” pile of paper. Then, at the end of the “course,” staff will need to pass an assessment to confirm that they have read and understood the document, receiving a verifiable certificate to evidence this.
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