Keeping children safe in education

This document was updated on 26th March 2015. For updated information please go to:
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015

Keeping children safe in education is the statutory guidance for safeguarding in schools and colleges. Published in April 2014, it came into force immediately. This document replaces the previous information ‘Safeguarding children and Safer Recruitment'. There are a large number of changes in the new guidance, including:

  • the emphasis that schools should ‘think the unthinkable' and accept that child abuse can happen anywhere, including in schools
  • an emphasis that any adult in school can report their concerns directly to social care or the police
  • to make a clear policy statement about the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks that will be carried out on volunteers and governors
  • to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • ensuring that the school's safeguarding and child protection policy is available on their website; and
  • the importance of a written staff code of conduct

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