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Keeping children safe consultation

18 April 2013

The Government is finally consulting on a replacement for Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in education following the significant changes to the vetting and barring regime and the CRB checking process over the last few years.

This draft guidance follows this government’s approach of allowing frontline professionals more freedom to make decisions by reducing the guidance by 85% (down to 18 pages from 122). The attempt to reduce guidance is admirable, but one could question if the drive to allow frontline professionals the freedom to make sensible decisions is hampered by too little guidance - a mere 22 words of advice on managing safeguarding in work placements is one example.

The consultation remains open until 20 June, and with no further review planned for two years, this is the only chance the education sector has to voice its views and influence change. No doubt senior leaders will take the opportunity to shape the guidance likely to come into force for September 2013.

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