Summary of key changes to 'Keeping children safe in education'

Last updated: 06 Jul 2016 Topics: Community and school sports Duty of care Research

The NSPCC have produced a report that summarises the changes to statutory child-protection guidance for schools in England.

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 will come into force for schools on 5 September 2016.

Author: Karen Childs Smith
Published: 2016

Key information

The changes to the guidance highlight the importance of regular safeguarding training for staff and the need to keep up to date with the latest safeguarding guidance.

The following areas were highlighted as a key area where safeguarding processes need to be strengthened and improved:

  • online safety
  • responding to female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • the teaching of safeguarding issues

What school staff should know and do

  • early help
  • staff training
  • report concerns

Policies and procedures

  • the role of the designated safeguarding leads
  • inter-agency working
  • online safety
  • peer-on-peer abuse
  • looked-after children
  • children with special educational needs and disabilities

Safer recruitment

  • additional checks for those in management roles at independent schools, academies and free schools; this is in addition to a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check
  • new teacher services system database
  • governors in maintained schools are required to have an enhanced DBS check


To download the report summary, and to access previous editions, see the NSPCC website's Summary of key changes to Keeping children safe in education page.

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