Last reviewed 20 September 2019

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated version of the statutory document “Keeping children safe in education” that replaces previous guidance on the subject and takes effect from September 2019.

The new guidance applies to all schools (whether maintained, non-maintained or independent) and is intended for use by governing bodies, proprietors and management committees as well as headteachers, teachers and staff.

The new guide sets out the legal duties they must all follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges.

It includes a number of sections that were not in the previous (September 2018) edition. For example, it adds upskirting (which is now a criminal offence) to the section on sexual harassment.

It also warns all staff to be aware of indicators which may signal that children are at risk from, or are involved with, serious violent crime.

Elsewhere in the document, the section on multi-agency working is updated to reflect new safeguarding partner arrangements while other developments reflect changing requirements for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education and also take account of the revised Ofsted framework.

Accompanying the new guidance, the DfE has also published “Regulated activity in relation to children” that describes work that a barred person must not do.