Last reviewed on 3 September 2021
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A new version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) came into force on 1 September. Find out what's changed and what your governing board needs to do.

Key things for you to know

Read the details in the sections below, but the most important things to know are:

  • Staff who don't work directly with children can read a condensed version of part 1 (annex A)
  • There's new guidance and expectations around tackling sexual violence and harassment (including peer-on-peer abuse)
  • There's new information on what your school's child protection policy should include
  • There's updated guidance on the two levels of allegations against staff, those that may meet the harms threshold and those that don't (low level concerns)
  • Guidance on online safety has been moved to part 2 to give it more prominence (previously in annex C)
  • There's new best practice advice on recruitment processes and updated guidance on conducting pre-employment checks

The 2021 version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) came into force on 1 September. 

Talk to your headteacher about training for staff on KCSIE 2021 and how to tackle sexism and