Keeping Children Safe in Education: How to make sure your staff have read it

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Keeping Children Safe in Education is essential reading for all staff who work in a school or education environment, but how can we be sure everyone is reading and retaining the information found in this statutory guidance? The Child Protection Company has an excellent solution for schools who want to take safeguarding seriously.

What is Keeping Children Safe in Education?

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 (often abbreviated as KCSiE) is a document 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 18 years and under in schools and colleges across the United Kingdom.

The guidance applies to all schools and education settings, and Part 1 should be read by all staff, including teachers, headteachers, and everyone working in an education setting, plus governing bodies, proprietors and management committees. School and college leaders and staff who work directly with children should also read Annex A.

Please click here to read our overview of the changes included in the most recent 2018 update to Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Please click here to view our Keeping Children Safe in Education course and to watch a short video about why it’s so important to read the document.

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Why do I need to read Keeping Children Safe in Education?

Taking on a role in a school or education setting in the United Kingdom comes with a number of important responsibilities that you should endeavour to fulfil as best as you possibly can. One of these responsibilities is for safeguarding—not only safeguarding the children and young adults in your care but safeguarding yourself, your colleagues, and the extended school community (such as parents, carers, partner agencies, etc.) as well.

Safeguarding training is a legal duty for everyone who works with or comes into close contact with children, young adults, and vulnerable adults in the UK. Therefore, you should receive verifiable safeguarding training before you even begin your role in a school or education setting. However, once you have developed a firm foundation of safeguarding knowledge through your training, you should not consider your safeguarding training ‘done.’ In fact, you should take responsibility to ensure the knowledge you have learned in your safeguarding training now filters through into everyday practice at work.

Please click here to view our Keeping Children Safe in Education course and to watch a short video about why it’s so important to read the document.

One way of ensuring you are always up to date with your safeguarding knowledge (aside from refreshing your safeguarding training regularly—this is also a legal requirement) is to pay attention to the various published guidance and legislation surrounding safeguarding in the United Kingdom. One of these documents is Keeping Children Safe in Education, and it is required reading for anyone working in an education setting.

You need to read Keeping Children Safe in Education because it highlights many important features of safeguarding in an education setting. The document is split into parts, and depending on your role, you will need to read at least Part 1 plus Annex A, but for some staff, it is helpful to have an awareness of the whole document.

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Where can I read Keeping Children Safe in Education?

The most up to date version of Keeping Children Safe in Education can always be found on the GOV.UK website.

You should note that this document is refreshed regularly and the version you last read may have been updated with new advice and information since. This is why it is incredibly important to refresh your knowledge of Keeping Children Safe in Education frequently, as with all aspects of safeguarding training.

How can I be sure that all staff have read Keeping Children Safe in Education?

It’s very easy for staff to say that they have read a document when, in reality, deadlines and other priorities can mean important aspects of safeguarding training get overlooked. This isn’t ideal when it comes to safeguarding and certainly not in terms of your next inspection, as Ofsted and equivalent inspecting bodies will want to see evidence that you have read and understood the relevant parts of Keeping Children Safe in Education.

At the Child Protection Company, we understand the need for quality safeguarding training and verifiable certificates that prove your staff have not only completed safeguarding training but that they have done so recently and have retained their safeguarding knowledge in order to complete an assessment.

We listened to the needs of some of the 1,500 schools we work with across the United Kingdom and developed a tailor-made Keeping Children Safe in Education course specifically for staff in education, to help you keep track of who has read the statutory guidance and to be able to evidence this to an Ofsted inspector at the touch of a button.

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There’s a course for that!

Our comprehensive Keeping Children Safe in Education online course empowers schools to roll out the statutory guidance via our unique online learning management system, where all staff can log in to their individual accounts and read through the document in a training course-style format. This is a great way to learn and retain information in a format much different than reading from ‘just another’ pile of paper.

At the end of our course, after reading through all the relevant Keeping Children Safe in Education information, staff will need to pass an assessment to confirm that they have read and understood the document and they will receive a verifiable certificate to evidence this.

Furthermore, the school’s administrator(s) will be able to log in and see the full staff list and the progress of each member of staff, including the dates on which they completed the course, so you can keep on top of who has or hasn’t done their reading and who is due for a refresher.

Staff have access to the course for the duration of their certification, so if they need to jog their memory at any time, they can simply log in to their Child Protection Company account and revisit Keeping Children Safe in Education to find their answers at the touch of a button.

Please click here to view our Keeping Children Safe in Education course and to watch a short video about the course.

Got a question about safeguarding?

At the Child Protection Company, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality, reliable safeguarding training specific to your workplace, and our friendly customer support team are always available to answer any questions you might have about safeguarding training or any related topics.

To get in touch, please call our office on 01327 552030, email us directly at help@childprotectioncompany.com, or use the live chat feature on this website.

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