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Need-to-know: Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) updated for 2021
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.
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
- Head to our more detailed article on the changes, which we're updating now, and click 'save for later' to be notified when we've republished it for KCSIE 2021
- Be clear on the key findings from Ofsted's review of sexual abuse in schools, so you're up to speed with what’s happening in the sector right now
- Find out how to discuss sexual abuse confidently as a governing board, so you can help develop a school culture where everyone feels included and safe
- Take a look at our safeguarding link governor training course