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Pupils: Protection

Question for Department for Education

UIN 75919, tabled on 16 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that schools have in place a clear plan for safeguarding children (a) within and (b) outside of the school environment.

Answered on

23 November 2021

The department takes safeguarding extremely seriously.

Schools are under a legal duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of their pupils. As part of this duty, they must have regard to statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE).

The statutory guidance sets out what school governing bodies and proprietors should do to keep their pupils safe. This includes all staff receiving safeguarding training, having an effective child protection policy, and having in place a designated safeguarding lead who provides support to staff members in carrying out their safeguarding duties. KCSIE is very clear on the important role schools play in identifying and responding to safeguarding concerns outside of the school. Schools are an important part of the wider child protection system, details of which are set out in the department’s statutory guidance. Further information on this guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children--2.

KCSIE was strengthened and updated in September 2021 following a public consultation and reflects findings from the Ofsted Review into sexual abuse in schools.