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Department for Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education has been revised, updated September 2016

Published: 5th September 2016 – Department for Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2016 is statutory guidance. It contains information on what schools and colleges should do and how they must 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 that all school staff should read and receive Part 1/Annex A of the guidance remains which is also available in a standalone document (see below)
It should be read alongside Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 which applies to all schools.


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Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2016
Part 1 - Information for all school and college staff
Published: 5th September 2016 – Department for Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 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 are given and read 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: March 2015 - HM Government.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 is a revised version of the previous guidance from 2013. Many of the revisions have been made to incorporate legislation or statutory guidance that has been set out over the last couple of years. This revised document makes it clear that safeguarding and child protection guidance applies to all schools and colleges whatever their status or constitution and to a range of identified agencies. It covers the legislative requirements and expectations on individual services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It identifies that LSCB’s must commission services for children who have been or may be: sexually exploited, subject to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or radicalised.
It recognises that for services to be effective each professional and organisation are responsible for ensuring that they fulfill their role and responsibilities in a manner consistent of this guidance. Whilst Local Authorities play a lead role, safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility.

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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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HM Government

Information Sharing – Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers
Published: March 2015 - HM Government

This HM Government advice is non-statutory, and has been produced to support practitioners in the decisions they take when sharing information to reduce the risk of harm to children and young people. Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. A key factor identified in many serious case reviews (SCRs) has been a failure by practitioners to record information, to share it, to understand its significance and then take appropriate action.
This guidance supersedes the HM Government Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers published in March 2008.
This advice is for all frontline practitioners and senior managers working with children, young people, parents and carers who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case by case basis. It might also be helpful for practitioners working with adults who are responsible for children who may be in need. .

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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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