england: keeping children safe in education – september 2020

18th June, 2020 10:43 am

The September 2020 revision of ‘Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE): statutory guidance for schools and colleges’ has been released.

In addition to the usual series of updates, it specifically refers to the guidance COVID-19: safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers, and stresses the fact that a school’s full safeguarding duties continue throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Annexe H of KCSIE contains a full schedule of changes from the September 2019 version. Updates include several new paragraphs on mental health, making it clear that both the mental and physical health of children are relevant to safeguarding and welfare. There are also updates to information on contextual safeguarding, GDPR and online safety including when learning at home. The guidance also updates references to the RSHE curriculum from September 2020, management of allegations, domestic abuse, CSE, child criminal exploitation, preventing radicalisation and County Lines. The guidance also explains a change on terminology from honour-based violence to honour-based abuse, to recognise non-violent forms of abuse.

Click here to view the updated guidance.

Please note this guidance will come into force on 1 September 2020 and at that point KCSIE 2019 will be withdrawn. Until then schools and colleges must continue to use KCSIE 2019.

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