Changes to statutory child protection guidance for schools in England published by the Department for Education
Update September 2016
The Department for Education has published an updated version of the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education which revises and replaces the 2015 guidance. This came into force for schools on 5 September 2016.
Updates were published in May 2016 and again in September 2016.
The September additions cover sexting and missing children.
The changes from May 2016 highlighted the importance of regular safeguarding training and the need to keep up to date with the latest safeguarding knowledge and information. There was also an emphasis on strengthening the processes around online safety, responding to female genital mutilation (FGM) and the teaching of safeguarding issues, with wording changing from ‘should consider’ to ‘should ensure’.
Read a brief summary below outlining the changes from the 2015 guidance including the latest revisions in September 2016 or download our detailed briefing (PDF) for a full analysis of differences.