Every September the statutory safeguarding guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education is updated. Expert Elizabeth Rose looks at the key updates this year and the implications for those working in schools

The latest version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) was released in the summer term and updated again over the summer break before coming into force on September 1 (DfE, 2021a).

The overarching theme that runs throughout the updates is the need to continually strengthen the culture of safeguarding in schools and to empower everyone to play their part in keeping children safe.

There are substantial, helpful changes to the document in a range of areas, as well as smaller tweaks and rewording throughout.

The document contains a table that briefly lists the updates, and I would suggest you go through it and highlight the new content to refer back to later during self-review.

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