The Department for Education will publish an updated version of the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance document on 2nd September 2019, in time for the new academic year. Here, we take a look at the draft version, currently available on the Government’s website, that highlights the modifications and additions to look out for in the amended paper.
The Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) document can trace its roots back to the old Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education guidance from 2006. However, in recent years, the guidance has continually evolved and adapted to respond to current trends and risks. Throughout the recent evolutions, one underlying principle guides the entire document – that safeguarding children in education is everyone’s responsibility; highlighting that all staff (including teachers, support staff and volunteers), must receive annual safeguarding training, including specific training on digital safeguarding. The guidance also gives practical implementation advice: namely, the need for every pupil to receive regular, age-appropriate, tailored online safety training to enable the ongoing development of digital citizenship and online safety awareness. Direction and recommendations for the use of flexible and appropriate filtering and monitoring software were also outlined for all schools, in order to protect both staff and students.