Statutory Changes for September 2020

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020

Consultation for the new guidance started in February 2020 however was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the changes we were expecting did not happen so the update to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 is less comprehensive

You can find the KCSIE 2020 guidance here if you have not already had the opportunity to read it.

Further into the blog, you will see I have picked out the headliners from KCSIE that highlight the areas of change from the 2019 version.

Definition of Safeguarding has Changed

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in this guidance as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s Mental and physical health, or development ( Mental health is an addition to this new guidance)
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

We will talk a little more about Mental Health in the webinar about the changes within KCSIE.

Headline Themes for the Changes

  • The role of the DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Response to allegations (now include supply teachers)
  • Children who have a social worker
  • Online Safety
  • Mental Health

Relationships Education

You may remember the change to Relationships (Health) and (sex) Education is compulsory from September 2020. The guidance states schools should start teaching from that date if they meet the statutory requirements.

There has been some movement in the flexibility on this date due to Covid-19 the guidance now states if schools are not ready, or are unable to meet the requirements they should begin teaching by at least the start of the summer term 2021.

This is good news for those schools that require additional time to implement the delivery into the school timetable.