Keeping Children Safe in Education
The Department for Education has revised its guidance for schools and colleges on keeping children and young people under the age of 18 safe. The updated and revised version of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ strongly emphasises that everyone in a school or college – not just teachers – must identify concerns, share information and take prompt action. The guidance sets out two processes for school and college staff to follow – one to be used when there are concerns about a child and a different one if a child is in immediate danger or is at risk of harm.
The document also sets out instances of poor practice which include failing to act on the early signs of abuse and neglect, poor record keeping, failing to listen to the views of a child, failing to re-assess concerns when situations do not improve, sharing information too slowly and not challenging those who don’t seem to have taken any action.
For the purposes of the guidance, ‘safeguarding’ and ‘promoting the welfare of children’ are defined as protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of a child’s health or development, ensuring that children are cared for safely and effectively and taking action to make sure all children have the best outcomes.
Visit the website to find out more about the new Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.