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Keeping Children Safe in Education, Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges

Caption: Contents list


What is the status of this guidance?
About this guidance
Victims and alleged perpetrator(s)
Who this guidance is for?
School and college staff
What does this guidance replace?

Part one: Safeguarding information for all staff

What school and college staff should know and do
What school and college staff need to know
What school and college staff should look out for
Safeguarding issues
What school and college staff should do if they have concerns about a child

Part two: The management of safeguarding


Part three: Safer recruitment

Recruitment and selection process
Pre-appointment vetting checks, regulated activity and recording information
Other checks that may be necessary for staff, volunteers and others, including the responsibilities on schools and colleges for children in other settings
How to ensure the ongoing safeguarding of children and the legal reporting duties on employers

Part four: Safeguarding concerns or allegations made about staff, including supply teachers, volunteers and contractors

Concerns or allegations that may meet the harm threshold
Concerns or allegations that do not meet the harm threshold

Part five: Child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment

What schools and colleges should be aware of
Responding to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment
Ongoing response


Annex A: Safeguarding information for school and college staff
Annex B: Further information
Annex C: Role of the designated safeguarding lead
Annex D: Host families - homestay during exchange visits
Annex E: Statutory guidance - Regulated activity (children) - Supervision of activity with children which is regulated activity when unsupervised
Annex F: Table of substantive changes from September 2023