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Latest Safeguarding Updates

NEW Working Together to Safeguarding Children 2023

The Government has now published the revised version of Working Together to Safeguard Children following the consultation. I've created the video below to help you understand the changes.

Key points

  • No statutory roles or functions have been removed
  • Increased emphasis on multi-agency working
  • Changes to law included, for example, Domestic Violence Act 2021
  • Greater emphasis on extra-familial harms and exploitation
  • Sets out what a good assessment (report) might include
  • Useful annex of resources

NEW Keeping Children Safe In Education

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated version of the statutory safeguarding and child protection guidance for schools in England, Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE). This guidance replaced KCSIE 2022 when it came into force on 1 September 2023.

The guidance sets out what schools and colleges in England must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

Our briefing sets out changes made to the guidance.

Updates made in 2023 include:

  • clarification around the roles and responsibilities of education staff in relation to filtering and monitoring
  • clarification that being absent, as well as missing, from education can be warning sign of a range of safeguarding concerns, including sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or child criminal exploitation
  • additional information on online pre-recruitment checks for shortlisted candidates
  • information on responding to allegations related to organisations or individuals using school premises.