The UK’s Department for Education’s guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021) is available here.
In this latest guidance, which came into force from 1 January 2021, an update has been made to take account of changes to safer recruitment checks for teachers as a result of the UK‘s departure from the EU. This guidance replaces Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2020.
From 01 January 2021 the TRA (Teacher Regulation Agency) will no longer maintain a list of those teachers who have been sanctioned in European Economic Area (EEA) member states.
These most recent versions (2020 and 2021) contain new references to children’s mental health and when it might be a safeguarding concern, and it includes further advice on online safety and distance learning.
Following consultation and research with COBIS headteachers, DSLs and the COBIS Safeguarding Committee, our safeguarding team have compiled guidelines for member schools to draw on and consider when reviewing and updating their child protection and safeguarding policies.
The International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP) and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) have worked in partnership to develop an Education Portal where schools can access child protection resources and report suspected or known abuse. Please click here to access the Education Portal.
For guidance on managing allegations of child abuse by educators and adults, please click here.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC, is the basis of all of Unicef’s work. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.