In June 2019, the government published the latest draft of the statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, to come into force in September 2019. This update is simply to ensure that the guidance is consistent with other areas of government policy. There are no core changes or new expectations.
The changes are to be found on pages 108 and 109, and include:
- reference to the Safeguarding Partnerships that should be in place from September 2019 and will replace LSCBs
- references to the new curriculum for Relationships Education, and Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education
- reference to the new Ofsted framework
- reference to the new guidance ‘Teaching online safety in school’
What do I need to do?
Ensure that your school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy takes account of the typographical changes, eg. new dates.
Ensure that staff are aware of the changes to the Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 which criminalise the act of ‘up skirting’. The Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS) defines ‘up skirting’ as a colloquial term referring to the action of placing equipment such as a camera or mobile phone beneath a person’s clothing to take a voyeuristic photograph without their permission. It is not only confined to victims wearing skirts or dresses and equally applies when men or women are wearing kilts, cassocks shorts or trousers. It is often performed in crowded public places, for example on public transport or at music festivals, which can make it difficult to notice offenders.”
The draft Keeping Children Safe in Education for September 2019 can be downloaded here: Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2019)