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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 – Update

Following the UK’s departure from the EU the following changes have now been made. You can find the updated KCSIE 2021 guidance here.

When recruiting, you must follow Part 3 of KCSIE which sets out the safer recruitment checks that schools must conduct.

  • References to checking Teacher Services for EEA sanctions have now been removed:
  1. From 01 January 2021 the TRA Teacher Services system will no longer maintain a list of those teachers who have been sanctioned in EEA member states. Advice about how information about a teacher’s past conduct may be obtained can be found at paragraph 172.
  • Advice on how schools and colleges can check the past conduct of individuals who have lived or worked overseas has now been updated:
  1. Individuals who have lived or worked outside the UK 172. Individuals who have lived or worked outside the UK must undergo the same checks as all other staff in schools or colleges (set out in paragraphs 154 and 160). This includes obtaining (via the applicant) an enhanced DBS certificate (including barred list information, for those who will be engaging in regulated activity) even if the individual has never been to the UK. In addition, schools and colleges must make any further checks they think appropriate so that any relevant events that occurred outside the UK can be considered. These checks could include, where available:
  • criminal records checks for overseas applicants – Home Office guidance can be found on GOV.UK; and for teaching positions
  • obtaining a letter of professional standing from the professional regulating authority in the country in which the applicant has worked. Advice about which regulatory or professional body applicants should contact is available from the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom, UK NARIC.

Further changes have also been proposed for KCSiE for September 2021 which are now available for consultation.

Details of all key changes from the 2019 version are also detailed below.

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 area’s of change from the 2019 version.

Definition of Safeguarding has Changed

Safeguarding and the 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

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 the additional time to implement the delivery into the school time table.

Beverley Jones-Leka

Beverley Jones-Leka

Beverley, Director of Regulatory Services, has been working in the education sector for 18 years leading on projects to engage those individuals who are deemed “hard to reach”. Before joining Juniper Education she was Head of an Independent school, lead for Health and Safety and Safeguarding, a member of the strategic planning board sub committee and project manager on ESIF funded provision on the Pre NEET delivery.