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

The updated version of the 'Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019' document from the DfE is now live. The changes can be found on pages 108 and 109 and include:

  • Reference to the safeguarding partnerships that should be in place from September 2019 and will replace local safeguarding children's boards (LSCBs). We are now a safeguarding children partnership board, being one board across Derby city and Derbyshire.
  • Reference to the new curriculum for relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education (2020)
  • A clearer definition of serious violence.
  • Reference to the new Ofsted framework.
  • Reference to the new DfE guidance 'Teaching online safety in schools'

There are no changes to practice as this version is about helping you keep up to date with new terminology and changes taking place in local authorities and safeguarding boards and bodies, around their function and role.

We still strongly recommend that you appraise your staff with the final and live version in September 2019 and use this as part of any whole school training and updates, and that each staff members completion of this activity is recorded. The expectation is that all staff and volunteers, read and sign for part one, governors and senior leaders read and sign for part one and two, and a record is also kept of this.

The DfE has produced a helpful guidance on national and current legislation and terminology, with resources, to support this work in schools in their 'Teaching online safety in schools, June 2019' publication.

All staff need to be made aware of an updated piece of legislation, linked to combatting emerging digital offences, deemed voyeuristic in nature. Voyeurism has always been an offence in the UK criminal justice system under the 'Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019'.

The Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019

This legislation creates two new offences criminalising someone who operates equipment, or records an image under another person’s clothing, without that person’s consent or a reasonable belief in their consent, with the intention of viewing, or enabling another person to view, their genitals or buttocks (with or without underwear), where the purpose is to obtain sexual gratification or to cause humiliation, distress or alarm.

The safeguarding and child protection model policy, on offer to schools and colleges, has been updated in line with this and the changes are highlighted on pages 1,2,4,6,10,11,12,14,15,17,19,23,24,26,29,30,41.

These changes are minor to accommodate the changes as listed in the 'Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019' (KCSIE) and updates to 'Children at Risk of Exploitation' (CRE) and early help. The updated model safeguarding policy does not require any changes to practice, but does reinforce some work flow steps around early help and is available to download from SchoolsNet.

In a previous briefing, we issued information on the updated S175 school and colleges safeguarding audit for 2019 - 2020 and supporting portfolio contents list to further assist you in your safeguarding activity. Additionally, there is now an updated Ofsted checklist, which many of you have found useful, available to download from SchoolsNet.

We are now taking bookings for the 'School Designated Lead' forums, taking place this Autumn, which focus on:

  • National and local safeguarding updates and what’s new
  • Ofsted changes and implications for schools
  • Assisting schools to transition to early help
  • Assisting schools with visits to multi-faith centres and the role of the 'Open Centre'
  • The training market place - consultations and resources.

Please see the flyer attached to this page for details of dates and how to book on to one of the forums and additionally there is still time to book on to the forthcoming 'Schools contextualised safeguarding conference' which takes place on Friday 11 October 2019 at Eastwood Hall - an agenda and overview of the day are also attached to this page.