All staff in schools must be able to evidence that they have read Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 alongside the school’s behaviour policy to fall in line with Ofsted and equivalent safeguarding expectations. School and college leaders also need to read Annex A. Here’s how your school can show evidence of this when an inspector calls…
What is Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 (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 18 years and under in schools and colleges across the United Kingdom.
The guidance applies to all schools and education settings, and Part 1 in addition to Annex A and the school’s behaviour policy 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.
What is a school behaviour policy?
Every school and education setting should have its own behaviour policy. This document should be unique to each setting but written in line with Ofsted and government guidance.
A schools behaviour policy will set out expectations for the appropriate behaviour of staff and students on premises (and in some cases, outside of school). A behaviour policy should include guidance for how to deal with misbehaviour, teachers’ power to discipline, the use of rewards and sanctions, and promoting the welfare of and safeguarding all pupils.
Why do I need to read Keeping Children Safe in Education and the behaviour policy?
It is important to remember that safeguarding expectations will advance and adapt frequently over the course of your career. It is your duty as a member of staff in an education setting to keep on top of these changes and know what the most current guidance expects of you in relation to safeguarding.
You must read statutory guidance such as Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and you should also take responsibility for knowing the safeguarding policies in your setting. This is your professional duty and Ofsted will want to see evidence of this during inspection.
Who should take responsibility for ensuring all staff have read Keeping Children Safe in Education and the school’s behaviour policy?
Ultimately, it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that they have read the necessary documents and can evidence this with an up-to-date safeguarding knowledge when an inspector calls.
However, the Designated Safeguarding Lead and senior staff, plus those with a responsibility for arranging safeguarding training, should monitor all new starters and ensure that they’re advised of where and how to access the correct documents.
How can I ensure all staff have read Keeping Children Safe in Education and the school’s behaviour policy?
It can be a struggle for senior and admin staff to ensure that all staff on premises have read and understood statutory safeguarding guidance such as Keeping Children Safe in Education, and even more so to ensure that they have also read and understood the school’s behaviour policy.
Previously, schools have had to simply rely on their staff telling them that they have read the documents, but this is of course an unreliable scenario and many schools have fallen short during inspection because staff have not been able to demonstrate they have the knowledge. Sometimes, this happens even if the member of staff has read a document. Under pressure, it can be difficult to relay the knowledge you’ve learned from a document such as Keeping Children Safe in Education.
However, at the Child Protection Company, we work closely with schools and colleges across the United Kingdom to develop high-quality solutions to help schools with implementing a whole community approach to safeguarding.
Our comprehensive Keeping Children Safe in Education online course empowers schools to roll out the statutory guidance via our online learning management system, so that all staff can log in to their individual accounts and read through the document in a training course-style format. At the end of the course, staff will need to pass an assessment to confirm that they have read and understood all the information within 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 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 the course to find their answers at the touch of a button.
What’s 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.
How can I purchase the Keeping Children Safe in Education course?
You can purchase the Primary School or Secondary School version of our fantastic Keeping Children Safe in Education course directly here on our website. Simply visit the course page, hit ‘Add to Basket’, and follow the instructions to create an account for your school (or log in to your school’s existing Child Protection Company account if you already take safeguarding training with us).
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