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An important message from Debbie Peacock, child protection manager for schools, on updates to safeguarding guidance.

Updated Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 guidance, live from the 1st September.

The updated statutory guidance is now available from the GOV.UK website.

There are no significant changes to practice, but please pay attention to and review your policies and approaches to:

  • schools taking responsibility for managing an allegation even though they may not be the contractual employer
  • recruitment and use of supply teachers in schools/settings
  • the use of risk assessment and risk management including using these for  individual children; 
  • an additional LADO threshold - behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children
  • knowing about the current Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Threshold document and knowing how to apply it in early help and when making referrals into children’s social care
  • that governors know about the threshold document, multi-agency working with the partnership as a partner, information sharing, safeguarding and GDPR duties in respect of this;   
  • GDPR and recording safeguarding
  • a greater emphasis on the emotional and mental health and wellbeing of children linked to safeguarding and abuse;
  • adverse childhoods experiences (ACEs). Where children have suffered abuse and neglect, or other potentially traumatic adverse childhood experiences, this can have a lasting impact throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood
  • domestic abuse and an understanding of the impact of children living in households with domestic abuse;
  • early help, SEND and EHC plans;
  • supporting the child where there is a Social Worker;
  • inclusion and managing exclusions.   

We still strongly recommend that you appraise your staff with the KCSIE 2020, and use this as part of any whole school training and updates, and that this activity is recorded and you take a register and retain.

The expectation is still that all staff, supply and volunteers read and sign for part one, governors and senior leaders read and sign for part one and two and a record is kept of this activity.   

The child protection and safeguarding model policy 2020 - 2021 on offer to schools and school settings, has been updated in line with KCSIE 2020 and the changes are highlighted in red.

These updates are to accommodate the changes as described in the KCSIE and will also account for local updates from the partnership around safeguarding procedures and practice.

The style and format has been amended, including moving information into a set of appendices.

Members of the Safeguarding Education Sub-Committee, both schools and partner agencies have worked on this update.

There is now an updated Ofsted checklist which many of you found as a useful quality assurance tool pre an Ofsted inspection.

In a previous briefing, we issued information on the updated Section 175 school and colleges safeguarding audit for 2019/2020, and supporting portfolio contents list to further assist you in your safeguarding activity.