In December 2017, the Department for Education published its proposed revisions for the new edition of the statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education which will come into force in September 2018. The consultation on the proposals ends on 22nd February 2018.
Key proposals for the new document include:
- ensuring that schools have more than one emergency contact number for pupils
- ensuring that safeguarding and welfare concerns are taken into account when restraint is used on children with SEND
- clarifying that when ‘homestays’ are arranged by schools in the UK, that parents (and others over 18) hosting children are subject to an enhanced DBS and a barred list check (and that the DBS will process these without charge).
- schools should have their own child protection policy that reflects local circumstances
- ending the need for each school in a MAT to maintain separate Single Central Records for each school
- ensuring that the role of deputy DSL is included in their job description
- ensuring that in sole proprietor owned schools, the DSL can perform their duties with ‘sufficient independence’ from the proprietor and their family by, for example, writing into the job description that they may need to call the LADO for advice; and that such schools should consider engaging external safeguarding consultants to support them; and
- adding in new information about county lines, honour-based violence, and sexual violence and sexual harassment between children
The Keeping Children Safe consultation asks for opinions on further clarity about the contents of the SCR, references and on carrying out overseas checks. The consultation also asks for comments about the length of the document.
There is one issue that I noticed and hopefully there will be clarification of the reason. The statement that ‘anyone can make a referral’ has been left out of the new document. I hope that this has been an oversight, as I think that is an important point to make.
Download the consultation document here: Keeping Children Safe (Proposed Revisions) 2018
The consultation ends on 22nd February 2018, and you can make your comments here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/safeguarding-in-schools-team/keeping-children-safe-in-education/consultation/intro/