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Annex G: Table of substantive changes from September 2021

Caption: Annex G: Table of substantive changes from September 2021



Summary About the guidance

What is the status of this guidance

Added - KCSIE now applies to providers of post 16 education as set out Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act 2021

Removed link to now withdrawn interim Covid-19 guidance.

Added link to departmental advice Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges.

About this guidance

Added bullet to clarify that the guidance is also for senior leadership teams.

Who is this guidance for?

Added new paragraph to explain that there is a condensed Part one of this guidance at Annex A. We want to give governing bodies and proprietors the freedom to choose the condensed Part one where they think it will be appropriate for those staff not working directly with children.

Part one

Safeguarding information for all staff

Part one

A number of paragraphs have been moved in Part one to improve the flow of this section.

Paragraph 13

Made clear that child protection policies should also include procedures for dealing with peer on peer abuse.

Paragraph 18

New paragraph making clear that victims should be taken seriously, kept safe and never be made to feel like they are creating a problem for reporting abuse, sexual violence or sexual harassment

Paragraph 31

Updated to reflect the new UKCIS guidance on the sharing of nude and semi-nude images which has replaced their sexting advice.

Paragraphs 32-35

New additional information added on Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) which includes information on how children can be exploited and makes clear that the experiences of girls being criminally exploited can be very different to boys, indicators of CCE may also be different for girls.

Paragraphs 36-39

New additional information added on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) which makes clear that CSE is a form of child sexual abuse and includes information on what it may involve.

Paragraph 44

Mental health - additional information on resources.

Paragraphs 46-50

Peer on peer (child on child) abuse – additional information added which highlights the importance of staff recognising the signs of peer on peer abuse and knowing how to respond to reports.

Paragraphs 51-52

Serious Violence - additional information on risk factors added

Paragraph 63

New paragraph which highlights the importance of social care assessments considering children being harmed outside the home on contextual safeguarding

Paragraphs 71-72

Record keeping – additional information added which makes clear what records should include

Part two

The management of safeguarding

Part two

A number of paragraphs have been moved in Part two to improve the flow of this section.

Paragraph 79

New paragraph relating to schools or colleges with charitable status

Paragraph 82

New section on ‘Whole school and college approach to safeguarding’ this make clear the importance of safeguarding.

Paragraph 83

Strengthened systems that should be in place and how they should be more child centric.

Paragraph 85

Reference to peer on peer abuse and reporting systems and added information schools and colleges should include in their child protection policy.

Paragraph 105

Additional information added which makes clear about powers to hold and use information when promoting children’s welfare

Paragraphs 117 and 118

New paragraphs added on the importance of online safety training for staff and the requirement to ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online safety.

Paragraph 121

New information added on a one stop shop for teachers which includes teacher training modules on RSHE

Paragraphs 123 - 135

New section covering online safety, remote learning, filters and monitoring, information security, cyber crime, reviewing online safety provision and information and support

Paragraph 141

Added reference to lower level concerns linked to section 2 of Part four.

Paragraph 143

New paragraph added on teacher dismissal and consideration whether to refer to the Secretary of State.

Paragraph 145

Further clarification on peer on peer abuse and makes clear there should be a zero tolerance approach to abuse

Paragraphs 155-156

New paragraphs that cover the use of school/college premises for non school/college activities.

Paragraphs 157-158

New paragraphs on alternative provision which makes clear that governing bodies and proprietors of these settings should be aware of the additional risk of harm that their pupils may be vulnerable to.

Paragraphs 165-168

New paragraphs to reflect elective home education.

Paragraphs 172-175

Additional information about DfE’s programme to help schools with preventing and tackling bullying, mental health and behaviour in schools.

Part three

Safer recruitment

Part three

The whole of Part three has been substantively restructured to align it with the recruitment process- however legal duties have not changed.

Paragraph 212

Added information about the Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act 2021 which extends safeguarding provisions to post 16 education.

Paragraph 213

Added information about the use of birth certificates (where available) to check an individual’s identity.

Paragraph 229

Explanation about when separate barred list checks must be carried out.

Paragraph 237

Clarification about s128 checks.

Paragraph 242

Clarification on how to check prohibitions, directions, sanctions and restrictions, including children’s barred list checks.

Paragraph 262

Clarification about overseas checks and what further checks could include.

Part four

Allegations made against/Concerns raised in relation to teachers, including supply teachers, other staff, volunteers and contractors

Part four

Following requests via the consultation for further information on low level concerns, we have separated Part four into two sections – Section one for allegations that may meet the threshold and Section Two for allegations/concerns that do not meet the threshold i.e. low level concerns.

As such we have included in Section Two, information about concerns that do not meet the harm threshold. This includes what a low level concern is, making the link between low level concerns, staff code of conduct and safeguarding policies, and recording and sharing information with relevant parties including whether this information should be included in references.

Part five

Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment

Paragraphs 428-434

A reminder that staff should read this alongside the Sexual violence and sexual harassment advice. Making clear that it can happen inside or outside of school and online.

Paragraphs 435-436

New paragraphs highlighting the importance of acknowledging and understanding the scale of harassment and abuse

Paragraph 441

New paragraph which highlights the need to be aware that children might not tell staff about their abuse and that it maybe that staff overhear a conversation or the child’s behaviour changes etc.

Paragraph 442

New information to highlight that how a school or college responds to an incident will impact future victims of sexual violence or sexual harassment.

Paragraph 450

Highlights a zero tolerance approach to sexual violence and sexual harassment

Paragraph 452

Clarification about regularly reviewing actions e.g. for patterns of inappropriate behaviour and bail considerations.

Paragraph 454-455

New section on unsubstantiated, unfounded, false or malicious reports which provides a reminder about recording concerns and what to do when a report is found to be unsubstantiated, unfounded, false or malicious.

Paragraph 456

A reminder to schools and colleges that sexual assault can result in a range of health needs and signposts to sources of support

Paragraph 464

Further information about harmful sexual behaviour and signposting to sources of support

Annex A

Safeguarding information for school and college staff


A new condensed version of Part one of Keeping children safe in education. It can be provided (instead of Part one) to those staff who do not directly work with children, if the governing body or proprietor think it will provide a better basis for those staff to promote the welfare and safeguard children.

Annex B

Further information

Child criminal exploitation and child sexual exploitation

Further information to clarify these types of abuse.

Modern slavery and the National Referral Mechanism

Additional information provided.

County lines

Additional information.


New paragraphs added.

Peer on Peer abuse

Additional information added.

Preventing radicalisation

Additional information provided on what terrorism looks like and more information on Channel.

Annex C

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Information sharing and child protection file

Information added about keeping and storing records, where a concern about a child has been identified.

Removed bullet points that were duplicated.

Annex D

Online Safety


Added and updated links to further guidance

Annex E



No changes

Annex F



No changes