Last reviewed on 27 June 2023
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Independent schools Sixth-form colleges Further education Pupil referral units Non-maintained special schools

Be confident when reviewing your procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff. Know what they should include and get suggestions of questions to ask to make sure they're compliant and robust.

What these procedures need to do 

When reading your school’s procedures, make sure they reflect Part 4 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023, which is the Department for Education’s (DfE) statutory safeguarding guidance.

The procedures should explain:

  • The steps to follow when managing:
    • Allegations that may meet the harms threshold
    • Concerns that don’t meet the harms threshold ('low-level concerns')
  • Who allegations should be reported to and that this should be done without delay
  • Any additional steps for dealing with allegations against supply teachers, volunteers and contractors

3 key questions to challenge these procedures

1. What’s changed in this most recent update, and why?

Specifically, your procedures should now cover that, in the case of organisations of