Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the revised Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Yesterday, Thursday, 17 May, we published new guidance for schools and colleges on how to keep children safe in education.
The strengthened Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance now provides additional advice to help school and college staff deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment, following a 10-week public consultation launched in December last year.
The majority of the responses to the consultation on the guidance welcomed the additional advice on how to support victims of this type of ‘peer-on peer abuse’. The new guidance will be applicable to all schools, including primary schools, on how to best support children of all ages.
Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi, said:
Pupils and parents rightly expect schools to be safe places, where children are free to enjoy their time in education without fear of violence or harassment.
Schools and colleges play an important part in keeping children safe, so it’s right that we take the necessary steps to ensure staff have the guidance and support they need to deal with concerns about a child’s wellbeing.