The current exceptional circumstances and change to school provision over the summer term has brought various safeguarding issue to the fore. There are also various elements that need to be considered in advance of reopening in September 2020. We have outlined some of these below, including:
- Changes to KCSIE and the safeguarding landscape
- How has KCSIE changed?
- Providing staff with additional training and DSL's timetable
- Do we need to provide further staff training?
- Do we need to change the DSL’s timetable?
- What are the likely safeguarding issues in the autumn term?
- What behavioural issues should we be mindful of?
- Do we need to update our risk assessment / Welfare Risk Assessment?
- Protecting children from criminality
- Has county lines evolved during the pandemic?
- What are ‘Deets and Squares’?
- Do we need to make further changes to our safeguarding / child protection policy?
- Risks of stigma / data breaches regarding children who attended school
- Recording attendance
- Safer Recruitment and DBS checks
- Safer recruitment
- How can schools ensure that their staff and volunteers are appropriately DBS checked?
- Inclusion / allegations of discrimination
- Ofsted / ISI inspections in relation to safeguarding
- Self-isolation in a boarding school
- Remote provision of education, online safety and cyber awareness
- Provision of remote education going forward
- Increased online safety risks
- How can schools safeguard when pupils are learning remotely from home?
- What approach should we take if we decide to live stream and record lessons?
- What IT and cyber-security issues should we be mindful of?
- Effective parental communications
Please do contact a member of our team if you need assistance in relation to the particular circumstances of your school.
Please note that the links and guidance are correct at the time of writing; however, the government guidance is rapidly evolving at present, and schools should check that they are looking at the latest versions. The primarily statutory safeguarding guidance remains Keeping Children Safe in Education KCSIE 2019 (with the 2020 version applying from 1 September 2020), which is supplemented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 guidance.
Schools should also refer to the government guidance for schools regarding reopening and the checklist to support full opening: behaviour and attendance. All school leaders (including designated safeguarding leads and any deputies) should ensure they are familiar with these publications.
Various other interim guidance documents relating to safeguarding were published during the Summer term (although some have been amended and others may now have less relevance). If needed, these included:
- COVID-19 safeguarding guidance (note: this guidance was withdrawn on 31 July 2020 as it applied to the 2020 summer term. The key safeguarding documents remain as above, namely the reopening guidance and KCSIE).
- Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus
- DfE Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
- Covid-19 changes to DBS ID Checking
- DfE Supporting Vulnerable Children
- DfE Covid-19 Free School Meals guidance
- DfE Covid-19 SEND risk assessment guidance
- DfE Covid19 Attendance Recording
- DfE Covid-19 implementing social distancing in education
- DfE Covid-19 guidance on isolation in residential educational settings