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New and updated guidance.

The Department for Education (DFE) has updated the keeping children safe in education documents which came into force on Monday 2 September 2019, these are as follows.

Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges - 2 September 2019 - This is the updated guidance and framework for safeguarding in your school or college.

Keeping children safe in education for school and college staff (part 1) (guidance from 2 September 2019) – This is an updated document which was originally available in 2016. It contains safeguarding information for staff and offers additional information on specific safeguarding issues (female genital mutilation, exploitation, county lines). This can be used as a training document and can support any training delivered out in the school or college and helps staff have a clearer understanding in the context of a child focussed approach to their work.

Regulated activity in relation to children: factual note by HM Government - This is a new and useful supplementary document to explain regulated activity, supervised and unsupervised activity and by definition of four or more days over a 30-day period. This would help clarify the role of volunteer, volunteer parent/ carer driver, volunteer on trips/ outings.

This is statutory guidance from the DfE issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the education (independent school standards) regulations 2014 and the non-maintained special schools (England) regulations 2015. Schools and colleges must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This means that they should comply with it unless exceptional circumstances arise.

These documents contain information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply in order to keep children safe in education. It should be read alongside statutory guidance 'Working together to safeguard children', and departmental advice 'What to do if you are worried a child is being abused : Advice for practitioners'. You may also find the following guidance of use:

Unless otherwise specified, 'school' means all schools whether maintained, non-maintained or independent schools, including academies and free schools, alternative provision academies, maintained nursery schools and pupil referral units. 'College' means further education colleges and sixth-form colleges as established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and relates to their responsibilities towards children under the age of 18, but excludes 16 to 19 academies and free schools (which are required to comply with relevant safeguarding legislation by virtue of their funding agreement).

The House of Commons has released a briefing paper on safeguarding in schools.

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