All staff who work directly with children in schools and colleges in the United Kingdom have a responsibility to read Part 1 in addition to Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018. But do you understand exactly why you need to read this piece of statutory government guidance?
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 UK schools and colleges.
The guidance applies to all schools and education settings, and Part 1 in addition to Annex A should also be read by headteachers, proprietors and management committees.
Where can I read Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
You can find the full government guidance on the GOV.UK website at any time. You may also find a printed copy of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 in your school or college. Many education staff choose to print and keep a copy in their files for immediate reference in the event of a safeguarding incident.
Why do I need to read Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
If you work in an education setting, there are various expectations placed upon your role that you need to fulfil in order to ensure the safety of all children and young people in your care. One of these expectations is to read and understand the most up to date statutory government guidance.
Keeping Children Safe in Education exists to promote the welfare of children and young people aged under 18 years in the United Kingdom. Because your role involves direct contact with children and young people, it is vitally important that you are not only aware of Keeping Children Safe in Education, but that you have also read and understood the information included in this statutory guidance.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Avoiding important responsibilities such as keeping up to date with the current guidance could put the children and young people in your care at risk of harm. There is also potential that you might put yourself at risk by avoiding safeguarding responsibilities, too. On a wider scale, you will be letting down your school when it comes to Ofsted and equivalent inspections.
Will Ofsted (and equivalent inspecting bodies) want to see that I have read Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
Without a doubt, yes, Ofsted and equivalent inspecting bodies will want to see proof that every member of staff in your school or college has read and understood Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.
It is common for inspectors to ask to see evidence of this.
How can I prove that I have read and understood Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
A common concern among education professionals is how best to provide evidence to an Ofsted or equivalent inspector that all staff have read and understood Keeping Children Safe in Education. It is unreliable to pass the information on to staff and hope that they have read the document, and this is where many schools have come unstuck in past inspections. That’s not to mention, the pressure of inspections can often lead staff to forget the answer to questions, which can set the wrong impression that they have not read or understood the information included in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.
At the Child Protection Company, we spoke to a lot of schools and heard these concerns firsthand. Our dedicated team of safeguarding experts then created a fantastic solution to solve the worry of preparing for inspections, and to make the distribution and administration of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 much easier for school staff.
Our excellent new Keeping Children Safe in Education online course offers the best solution for schools and colleges who want to monitor staff progress in reading the guidance. With the option for staff to read the entire Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 document, or to simply cover the parts of the guidance that are necessary for their role, it is a brilliant time-saving solution for everyone.
Even better, administrators can see a live report of which staff have or have not completed the course, so you can monitor progress in real time and see exactly who needs a nudge in lieu of the inspectors’ arrival.
All staff will also keep access to the course for the duration of their certification, so it’s possible to read back through Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 in the course format to refresh knowledge and understanding at any time.
What is included in the Keeping Children Safe in Education course?
Our 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 bestselling 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.
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 have to complete an assessment to check understanding, and will then receive a certificate of completion so that the administrator(s) for your school or college account will be able to see that they have completed the course.
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.
Do I need to read all of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018?
This depends on your role. 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 new Keeping Children Safe in Education course allows for these different eventualities and lets you select which part of the guidance you are required to read.
How can I purchase the Keeping Children Safe in Education course?
Please click here to visit the course page. You can also contact our friendly customer support team at any time with any questions you might have prior to purchasing.
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