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Safeguarding Template Policies and Guidance

National Safeguarding Guidance for Education Settings

Education settings are required to comply with national guidance and legislation. This includes:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 outlines what individuals, organisations and agencies must do to protect children from harm and promote their welfare.
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 is statutory guidance for all staff working in schools and colleges which outlines their responsibilities to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. This guidance was last updated in January 2021 with changes strictly limited to those related to the UK leaving the EU.
  • Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework 2017 outlines the standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.

Links to other national guidance which may be useful for DSLs and education leaders includes:

Professional Practice and Staff

Parental Responsibility

Information Sharing

Ofsted

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

The  Education Safeguarding Service have produced a number of guidance documents for schools and settings in response to Covid-19 pandemic.  Please note these documents are subject to frequent review.

Other resources and updates are available on KELSI.

Child Protection Policy Templates from the Education Safeguarding Service

Education settings must have a suite of effective safeguarding policies which describe the expectations, procedures and arrangements put in place to safeguard and promote children’s welfare; these should be updated at least annually, or whenever there is an update or change to statutory guidance.

All members of the setting community should have access to these policies and all staff should sign to say they have read and understood the contents.

Our exemplar child protection policies have been developed in accordance with the key principles established in the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, related national statutory guidance and local procedures. These documents should be adapted by DSLs and leaders/managers to meet the specific requirements of the individual setting.

2020-21 Update

The core content for 2020-21 was reviewed in April 2021 following the creation of the ‘Report Abuse in Education helpline’ after a high number of anonymous testimonials were submitted to an online website documenting abuse in all types of schools, colleges, and universities. Additional in-depth statements have been provided to help educational settings document their approaches, however these should be amended accordingly. New, moved or condensed content for April 2021 is highlighted in yellow.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 requires schools and colleges to have “a staff behaviour policy (sometimes called the code of conduct) which should, amongst other things, include: acceptable use of technologies, staff/pupil relationships and communications, including the use of social media” and "a clear policy on the use of mobile technology in the school or college".

The Education Safeguarding Service provide the following templates for settings to adapt:

These templates can either be used within existing policies or as part of a standalone online safety policy approach according to leadership decisions. Our templates provides a basis for leaders and managers to assist them in writing an effective policy, however will require adaptation to ensure they reflect the settings context, technology use and individual policy decisions. New, moved or condensed content for 2020 is highlighted in yellow.

AUP Posters

Kent County Council and EiS published AUP posters for use by educational settings. The posters are A3 in size. To print smaller sizes, use the settings provided by your printer (i.e. for A4 reduce to 71%). If supported, set your printer to print borderless.

Additional Online Safety Templates and Guidance

The following documents are available to Kent and Medway schools and settings as free downloads - please log in to your Education People account to access these documents.  The ZIP folder containing these PDFs can be found in the Membership Resources section of your account, as listed in your personalised Products and Resources area.  You can then download the files to your work computer, for ease of access in the future.

  • 'Dealing with Complaints on Social media - Guidance for Headteachers and Managers'
  • 'Image Use Policy Template and Guidance'

For settings outside of Kent/Medway, previous versions can be found on the Kelsi website.

Additional Templates, Guidance and Resources from the Education Safeguarding Service

A number of optional template resources are also available to support DSLs and leaders in educational settings.

Please contact the Education Safeguarding Service to discuss queries regarding the Kent education safeguarding policy templates and guidance.