This page is intended to provide resources for education settings in Torbay to help keep their children safe. It will be regularly updated with relevant news and documents as they are published.
18th December 2017
The Department for Education is seeking views on changes to the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) (September 2018). It sets out what schools and colleges should do and the legal duties with which they must comply with to keep children safe. They are also consulting on as new departmental non-statutory advice document covering Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children in Schools and Colleges (December 2017) which has just been issued.
The consultation closes on the 22nd February 2018 and following this consultation, the government proposes to update and replace the current statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education - September2016. They will also consider revising the non-statutory advice on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children in Schools and Colleges (December 2017) which has just been issued to schools and colleges.
What follows is a brief overview of the main changes proposed for Keeping Children Safe in Education and although the document says September 2018, it should be noted that Working Together to Safeguard Children is likely to be updated in April 2018.
Keeping Children Safe in Education: proposed revisions - September 2018
Status of the guidance
It sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply and also contains information on what schools and colleges should do (unless they have good reason not to) in order to keep children safe. It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015, and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused - Advice for practitioners.
Brief Overview of Proposed Changes
Additional direction given on schools actions and responsibilities re Early Help, Children who may be at Risk and how they report concerns
All schools and colleges should have their own individual child protection policy has been added to the guidance as it is important that they reflect local circumstances.
Adds information on schools responsibilities resulting from the changes in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (CSWA 17) to Looked After Children/Children In Care
Tightens up the information on Safe Recruitment, DBS Process and Responsibilities in managing concerns
Changes terminology relating to SCBs to reflect new safeguarding arrangements in the Children and Social Work Act 2017
Adds a section on schools responsibilities re Private Fostering
Reminder and clarification of the importance of the Children Missing Education (CME) process and sharing information when children move schools
Annex A Further Information
Adds more information to information on CME, CSE, HBV and Radicalisation/Prevent
Add sections on County Lines/ Child Criminal Exploitation and Domestic Abuse
Very detailed information on Peer on Peer Abuse/Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children in Schools has been in added in line with the new non statutory advice issued by the DfE Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges December 2017
Annex B Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
Additional Information added re the role of a deputy safeguarding lead and their training and availability requirements
Annex H details the changes of the proposed revisions to the guidance (including the small changes to Annexes C to G) from the September 2016 version.
We will continue to keep you informed of any further information relating to these changes and will be revising chapters as soon as the new statutory guidance comes into force.
Transgender Guidance for Schools
Research by the NSPCC has shown that the majority of children who contact ChildLine are over 11 years old. However, we know that the majority of children subject to a child protection plan are under the age of 11.
The ChildLine Schools Service will focus on primary school children from age 7 -11 years, with a particular focus on 9 -11 year olds initially. The aim is to visit every primary school in the UK at least every two years. By focusing the main objectives as outlined below, Childline aim to reach every primary school in the UK and start a societal change that will bring about a long term reduction in child cruelty.
The schools programme is initially aimed at Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and consists of an assembly style presentation followed by workshops in individual classes. The materials have been developed to ensure age appropriateness and are delivered with respect and sensitivity for the children. Accompanying materials are also provided to reinforce learning.
The assembly style presentation to the whole year group(s) lasts for approximately 30 minutes and aims to provide the following:
After the visit, pupils are provided with an activities booklet containing a crossword, word search and acrostic activities which reinforce the key messages from the presentation.
The workshop is delivered to individual classes approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the presentation and lasts for approximately one hour. The content of the workshop is as follows:
After the workshop pupils are provided with a finger flexor to reinforce learning in a fun and colourful way and with ChildLine wallet cards.
For further information please contact the NSPCC Schools Service Area Coordinator for Torbay.