Keeping Children Safe in Education consultation

The consultation for the proposed KCSIE 2021 document is now open. The purpose of this consultation is to seek views about proposed changes to statutory safeguarding guidance: Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE). The consultation closes on 4 March 2021.

Last year, the consultation for the 2020 version was stopped early due to the pandemic, which makes it even more important that we have our say this time around.

KCSIE sets out those legal duties that schools and colleges must comply with, together with what schools and colleges should do in order to keep children safe. Schools and colleges must have regard to KCSIE when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

It is split into five parts, as follows:

  • Part one – sets out what staff in schools and colleges should know and do. It explains their safeguarding responsibilities, what the various forms of abuse and neglect look like and what staff should do if they have concerns about safeguarding matters.
  • Part two – sets out the arrangements for the management of safeguarding, including the responsibility of governing bodies and proprietors, the role of designated safeguarding leads and the safeguarding policies and procedures that should be in place.
  • Part three – sets out the safer recruitment arrangements schools and colleges should adopt and describes in detail the checks that are required for individuals working or visiting a school or college.
  • Part four – sets out how schools and colleges should manage allegations of abuse made against teachers and other staff including supply teachers, other staff, volunteers and contractors.
  • Part five – is about managing reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment and sets out what governing bodies and proprietors should be doing to ensure reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment are managed appropriately.

The consultation is for:

  • School and college staff
  • Governing bodies of maintained schools (including maintained nursery schools),
  • Proprietors of independent schools (including academies, free schools and alternative provision academies) and non-maintained special schools
  • Management committees of pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • Post 16 providers in receipt of funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Children’s services
  • Professionals working in social care
  • Teaching unions
  • Safeguarding practitioners, including training providers
  • Supply agencies

Please take some time to look at the proposed changes and submit a response if you can.