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KCSiE Updates – 2022
Keeping Children Safe in Education is a statutory safeguarding document that is updated each year. The DfE have just published KCSiE 2022 which comes into force on the 1st September 2022 – the full document can be download here.
There have been a number of changes since the previous version which we have outlined below, however, it is important to remember that school leaders have a statutory duty to ensure all staff working with children have read and understood at least Part One of this document and that they have mechanisms in place to ensure staff have understood the contents.
Over the past few years KCSiE has had an increasing focus on peer-to-peer abuse. This terminology has now been changed to child-on-child abuse, so it is important to make sure your policies and school documentation is worded child-on-child to reflect this. This perhaps reflects the fact that child-on-child abuse can occur from an early age, whereas some might associate peer-to-peer with older children.
I have tried to list the sections where significant changes have been made, for example, new information or sections added rather than where there has just been a tweak for the sake of clarity.
Part One – Safeguarding Information for all staff
In Part One, there are some small changes. The document explains that children may not be ready to disclose abuse because they may be embarrassed, scared or there may be a language barrier etc, but this should not prevent staff from exercising a professional curiosity, seeking further information and speaking to the DSL. This may, in some cases, give the DSL a fuller picture of the situation which can be vital.
It now also contains an explicit paragraph on Domestic Abuse. It explains that children can also be the victims of domestic abuse. Paragraph 43 continues to say, “They may see, hear, or experience the effects of abuse at home and/or suffer domestic abuse in their own intimate relationships (teenage relationship abuse). All of which can have a detrimental and long-term impact on their health, well-being, development, and ability to learn.”
Part Two – The management of safeguarding
There is a new paragraph that explains why governors should have safeguarding training, including online safety, at induction. It states that, “This training should equip them with the knowledge to provide strategic challenge to test and assure themselves that the safeguarding policies and procedures in place in schools and colleges are effective and support the delivery of a robust whole school approach to safeguarding.”
With the increased focus on online safety there is also a link to the guidance on schools dealing with Online Hoaxes and Harmful Online Challenges – a hoax being a deliberate lie trying appear truthful and harmful online challenges being things like the Coronavirus challenge, the Silhouette challenge and the Nutmeg challenge to name but a few. This guidance gives advice on pre-planning to deal with these situations as well as suggestions of how you many deal with them as they arise.
Continuing with the focus on online safety, KCSiE have also included a new paragraph to reinforce the importance of schools communicating regularly with parents and carers about children’s internet use outside of school. They say that your regular school communications (newsletters, emails etc, “should be used to reinforce the importance of children being safe online and parents and carers are likely to find it helpful to understand what systems schools and colleges use to filter and monitor online use.”
Part Five – Child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment
They have added an important paragraph about ensuring the child is being taken seriously and that they will be supported and kept safe. They emphasise that children should be taught that the child-on-child abuse law is there to protect children, not to criminalise them.
Following some high-profile children’s deaths recently, we have been made aware of the severity of the issue when agencies do not communicate effectively with each other. KCSiE 2022 now contains a paragraph which states that schools, “should be part of discussions with statutory safeguarding partners to agree the levels for the different types of assessment and services to be commissioned and delivered, as part of the local arrangements.”
We are in the process of finalising our KCSiE 2022 online courses, which come with a certificate if staff have achieved at least 80%. This ensures you have fulfilled your statutory duty in having a mechanism in place to ensure staff have read and understood KCSiE.
School licences can be bought here and are now valid for the academic year 2022 – 2023.