The DfE has today (6 July), updated its Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance (KCSIE). The changes will come into force from September 2021.
The key changes have been developed in response to the recent consultation on KCSIE and the Ofsted review into sexual harassment and abuse.
The most notable changes are on victim support, peer-on-peer abuse (including online) and the availability of reporting channels. The update makes clear that abuse, sexual violence and sexual harassment may be happening outside of school or college premises and online. In addition, it’s clear that there should be a zero-tolerance approach to sexual violence and sexual harassment and that schools should take a “it can happen here” attitude, being clear that abuse could be happening even where it is not being reported.
A summary of the key changes and links to the relevant documents, are available here.