Keeping children safe in education

Closes 22 Feb 2018

Opened 14 Dec 2017

Overview

The Department for Education invites your views on changes to the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) and a new departmental non-statutory advice document covering sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges.

 

 

Why We Are Consulting

The consultation seeks views on revisions to Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE), the statutory guidance to which all schools and colleges must have regard when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. KCSIE sets out the legal duties that schools and colleges must comply with, together with good practice guidance on what schools and colleges should do in order to keep children safe. 

The guidance is extensive, covering what staff should know and do to safeguard children, the management of safeguarding in schools and colleges, safer recruitment and responding to allegations of abuse against staff.  The department keeps its statutory guidance under review and revises it as required to keep it up to date and relevant. 

We are consulting on a wide variety of proposed changes to KCSIE.  The aim is to help schools and colleges to better understand what they are required to do by law and what we strongly advise they should do in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

We have made changes throughout KCSIE to reflect the changes colleagues are making, in parallel, to Working Together to Safeguard Children (WT).  WT is being consulted on separately and any resulting revisions to the final version will be reflected in KCSIE.

In addition, this consultation also seeks views on a new departmental non-statutory advice document covering sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges.

Give Us Your Views

Audiences

  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies
  • 16-18 year old students resident at these institutions
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Volunteers
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments
  • All

Interests

  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation