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Department for Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education: for schools and colleges

Published: 3rd September 2018 – Department for Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2018 is statutory guidance. It contains information on what schools and colleges must do and how to comply in order to keep children safe. It sets out the legal duty of what is expected when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The expectation is that all school staff should receive, read and understand Part 1/Annex A of the guidance, which is also available in a standalone document (see below)
It should be read alongside Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 which applies to all schools.


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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018
Part 1 - Information for all school and college staff
Published: 3rd September 2018 – Department for Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 is statutory guidance and all schools and colleges must have regard to it.
It sets out the legal duty of what is expected of all staff when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Governing Bodies, Proprietors and Management Committees must ensure that all staff receive, and understand this guidance so that everyone is aware of their safeguarding responsibilities and knows what to do.

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HM Government

Working Together to Safeguard Children – A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
Published: July 2018 - HM Government.

Working Together to Safeguard Children July 2018 is a revised version of the previous guidance from 2015. Working Together has now been updated to reflect changes in the law, including the Children and Social Work Act (2017). From a school perspective the most relevant change is the requirement for local safeguarding partnerships which will replace Local Safeguarding Children Boards. These partnerships are made up of the local authority, health commissioners and the police. The new local safeguarding partnerships must have arrangements in place by September 2019.

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HM Government

Information Sharing Guidance – Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers
Published: July 2018 - HM Government

This HM Government advice is non-statutory, and has been produced to support practitioners in the decisions they take to share information, which reduces the risk of harm to children and young people and promotes their well-being. This guidance does not deal in detail with arrangements for bulk or pre-agreed sharing of personal information between IT systems or organisations other than to explain their role in effective information governance. This guidance has been updated to reflect the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, and it supersedes the HM Government Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers published in March 2015.
The GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 do not prevent, or limit, the sharing of information for the purposes of keeping children and young people safe. (Information Sharing (2018) Page 5)
The guidance says, 'Remember that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018 and human rights law are not barriers to justified information sharing, but provide a framework to ensure that personal information about living individuals is shared appropriately.'

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Department for Education

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between children in schools and colleges
Published: 17th May 2018 – Department for Education

This advice sets out what sexual violence and sexual harassment is, how to minimise the risk of it occurring and what to do when it does occur, or is alleged to have occurred. Schools and colleges should consider how to reflect sexual violence and sexual harassment in their whole school or college approach to safeguarding and in their child protection policy.
The advice has been updated and reflected in the statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 (Chapter 5) and will be kept under review as the curriculum around ‘Relationships’ is developed.

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Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings.
Published October 2015 - Safer Recruitment Consortium

The statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 state that, ‘all staff should be provided with a staff behaviour policy (code of conduct) as part of their induction procedures.’
This guidance provides a clear message of which behaviours constitute safe practice and which behaviours should be avoided. It may be considered as the basis of your code conduct/staff behaviour guidelines to help you meet this requirement.
The updated guidance (October 2015) by the Safer Recruitment Consortium, has been recommended by the DfE as providing detailed and practical advice to schools and colleges as reflected in the forward by Edward Timpson – Minister for Children and Families.

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HM Government

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused – Advice for practitioners
Published: March 2015 - HM Government

This non-statutory advice and has been produced to help practitioners identify child abuse and neglect and take appropriate action in response. This advice replaces the previous version of What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused, published in 2006, and complements Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) statutory guidance.
‘Practitioners are in a unique position to be able to observe signs of abuse or neglect, or changes in behaviour which may indicate a child may be being abused or neglected. The guidance reiterates that you should make sure that you are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect, that you question the behaviour of children and parents/carers and don’t necessarily take what you are told at face value. You should make sure you know where to turn to if you need to ask for help, and that you refer to children’s social care or to the police, if you suspect that a child is at risk of harm or is immediate danger.’
The guidance emphasises the importance of understanding and working within the local multi-agency safeguarding arrangements that are in place in your area.

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'Safeguarding children - the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. '

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