Safeguarding: Keeping children safe
September 2019 saw the publication of the final version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) guidance come into force. The guidance was recently updated to reflect safeguarding changes and advancements. Adhering to the guidance within the document is now a legal obligation, and has implications for those involved in an education environment with children or young people. This blog introduces some key aspects of the document.
What is Keeping Children Safe in Education?
The document details statutory government guidance that set out the legal duties all staff in education must follow when caring for children and young people ages 18 years and under in schools, colleges, and educational settings in England.. It is mandatory that all staff within these education setting read this document and adhere to its guidelines:
This statutory guidance should be read and followed by:
- governing bodies of maintained schools (including maintained nursery schools) and colleges;
- proprietors of independent schools (including academies, free schools and alternative provision academies) and non-maintained special schools. In the case of academies, free schools and alternative provision academies, the proprietor will be the academy trust; and
- management committees of pupil referral units (PRUs).
What are the key definitions?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Who is responsible?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
All staff should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This should include the:
- child protection policy
- behaviour policy
- staff behaviour policy (sometimes called a code of conduct)
- safeguarding response to children who go missing from education
- role of the designated safeguarding lead (including the identity of the designated safeguarding lead and any deputies).
How can CACHE help settings adhere to this guidance?
CACHE have recently launched a new Level 1 Safeguarding qualification, which aims to provide staff with the knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities that education and childcare practitioners have in safeguarding children and learners.