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There's a condensed version of part 1 and more guidance on peer-on-peer abuse. Read on for the main changes you need to know about.

The new version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) comes into force in September 2021. This follows on from a consultation on the proposed changes in March 2021. The main changes are: 

1. Safeguarding information for all staff: condensed version of part 1 introduced 

Your school can decide whether staff who don't work directly with children on a regular basis read either:

  • Part 1 of KCSIE (as they're expected to do now); or
  • The condensed version of part 1 (Annex A) 

There's also additional guidance on peer-on-peer abuse, to emphasise the importance of staff knowing what it is and how to respond to reports. 

2. Management of safeguarding: protecting children from peer-on-peer abuse in part 2

There's strengthened guidance around what you should be doing to protect pupils from peer-on-peer abuse. You should make sure your school's child protection policy includes:

  • Your whole-school approach to peer-on-peer abuse
  • Reporting systems in place for pupils
  • Recognition that peer-on-peer abuse may be taking place, even if not reported 
  • Online safety, including the use of the internet on mobile phones due to its role in peer-on-peer abuse
  • Additional barriers when recognising abuse for pupils with SEND

3. Safer recruitment: restructured part 3 with more guidance on the recruitment process 

There are no changes to your school's statutory requirements. Instead, there's: 

  • Been a restructure so it's not weighted as heavily on Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • More guidance on advertising, shortlisting, references, selection and also ongoing vigilance

4. Managing allegations against staff: updated guidance on low-level concerns in part 4

There are no changes to your statutory requirements on managing allegations against staff.  

5. Child-on-child sexual violence and harassment: additional guidance in part 5

There's extra content around these issues, such as clarity on where and how they can occur, and an explanation that part 5 should be read alongside the updated guidance on sexual violence and sexual harassment

Role of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL): updates to Annex C

The updated guidance outlines:

  • Responsibilities for DSLs relating to pupils with a social worker
  • A toolkit of online resources for DSLs will be developed in autumn 2021 
  • Further expectations around training for DSLs 
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