Key updates to statutory guidance for schools in England

Summary of the changes to England’s safeguarding guidance for schools

Writing on a notepadThe Department for Education has revised the guidance Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges, following a 10 week consultation earlier this year. The guidance is currently for information only but will come into force for schools from September 2018.

The guidance has been strengthened and further clarified throughout. The key addition to the guidance is the new part (part 5) on advice for schools on responding to and supporting young victims of sexual violence and harassment.

Relevant parts of the guidance will be updated again when the statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children is published.

Our briefing highlights the main changes in the new version of Keeping children safe in education compared to the current version.


Summary of key changes

The updated guidance includes a new section (Part 5) on Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment.
This section covers in detail:

  • how schools should respond to incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment, emphasising the need for effective training and policies in schools and colleges
  • the need for risk assessments in school following reports of incidents of sexual violence or sexual harassment
  • the action needed to take to support victims and alleged perpetrators of sexual violence or harassment.

The guidance adds further information on the management of safeguarding in a school, including emphasising that staff need to act immediately if they have a concern about a child.

The guidance includes new or more detailed information on safeguarding issues including:

  • child criminal exploitation: children being used to carry drugs or money from urban to rural areas
  • homelessness
  • domestic abuse
  • child sexual exploitation
  • children missing from education.

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Our briefing highlights the main changes in the new version of Keeping children safe in education compared to the current version to help you keep you up-to-date with changes you may need to make in your school or college.

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