The new statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022’ [aka KCSIE] came into force on 1 September 2022, at which point the KCSIE 2021 guidance will be withdrawn.
You can find a link to the new guidance here: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022.
A list of the changes from KSCIE 2021 can be found at Annex F of the 2022 guidance.
About this guidance
Schools and colleges in England must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children – everyone under the age of 18.
The terms “must” and “should” are used throughout KCSIE. “Must” is used when a person is legally required to do something and “should” is used when the advice should be followed, unless there is good reason not to.
School and college staff
It’s essential that everybody working in a school or college understands their safeguarding responsibilities.
Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that those staff who work directly with children read at least Part One of the guidance: Safeguarding information for all staff.
Governing bodies and proprietors, working with their senior leadership teams and especially their designated safeguarding lead [DSL], should ensure that those staff who do not work directly with children, read either Part One or Annex A [Safeguarding information for school and college staff], a condensed version of Part One of the guidance.
This is entirely a matter for the school or college and will be based on their assessment of which guidance will be most effective for their staff to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that mechanisms, such as staff training, are in place to assist staff to understand and discharge their role and responsibilities as set out in Part One or Annex A of this guidance.
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