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Keeping Children Safe in Education: Three ways to get ahead for September

The statutory safeguarding guidance Keeping children safe in education is updated every year in readiness for September. Elizabeth Rose looks at the latest changes and what schools need to be doing
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The draft of this year’s version of Keeping children safe in education has been published (DfE, 2024) and although changes are minimal in comparison to previous years, there are still important points to be aware of and action that needs to be taken to respond to the updates.

The final document will be published soon and will come into force from September 1, 2024. There may be some changes from the draft version, but plans can still be put in place now to respond to and prepare for the changes.


The definition of safeguarding

The definition of safeguarding has been updated to more closely align with the statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children (DfE, 2023a), although it doesn’t currently include all of the same elements. However, there is greater emphasis on early intervention by meeting the needs of children as soon as problems emerge and direct reference to harm outside the family home as well as online.

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