Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safeguarding considerations for Schools

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 for when schools reopen in September 2020. We have outlined some of these below, including: 

For wider legal guidance and FAQs regarding school reopening, please see our separate guidance here, and our employment / HR specific guidance here.  

Please do contact a member of our team if you need assistance in relation to the particular circumstances of your school.  

Guidance

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). The 2020 version of KCSIE applies from 1 September.

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: 

The law and practice referred to in this article or webinar has been paraphrased or summarised. It might not be up-to-date with changes in the law and we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided at the time of reading. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice in relation to a specific set of circumstances.

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