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What's new in 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (KCSIE Sept 2022)?

kcsie safeguarding May 15, 2023
What's new in KCSIE?

The 2022 (Sept) version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) came into force on 1 September 2022. This replaced the 2021 version and sets out the statutory duties of schools and colleges in England to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

The following are some of the key changes in KCSIE Sept 2022:

  • A new definition of child-on-child abuse

The definition of child-on-child abuse has been updated to reflect the fact that abuse can take many forms, including physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect. The new definition also includes peer-on-peer abuse, which is when children abuse each other. Incorporating the DfE's advice on Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges, this advice sets out how schools and colleges can prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment between children.

  • A new focus on domestic abuse

The 2022 version of KCSIE places a new focus on domestic abuse. Schools and colleges are now required to have a policy in place to protect children from domestic abuse, and to provide support to children who are affected by it.

  • A new emphasis on online safety when away from school

The 2022 version of KCSIE places a new emphasis on online safety. Schools and colleges are now required to have a policy in place to protect children from online abuse, and to provide support to children who are affected by it. This guidance emphasises the importance of schools working with parents to ensure that children are safe online.

  • A new focus on diversity and inclusion

The 2022 version of KCSIE places a new focus on diversity and inclusion. Schools and colleges are now required to take steps to ensure that all children feel safe and included, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. schools have a duty to protect children from all forms of discrimination.

  • A new emphasis on whistleblowing

The 2022 version of KCSIE places a new emphasis on whistleblowing. Schools and colleges are now required to have a policy in place to protect staff who raise concerns about safeguarding issues.

These are just some of the key changes in KCSIE 2022. For more information, please see the full document.

 In addition to these changes, the Sept 2022 version of KCSIE also includes updated information on a range of other safeguarding topics, such as child sexual exploitation, radicalisation, and self-harm.

The full text of the Sept 2022 version of KCSIE is available on the GOV.UK website.

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