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New keeping children safe guidance released

1 April 2015

Last week the DfE released a March 2015 version of Keeping Children Safe (KCS). The good news is the changes are mainly cosmetic, so there’s not a great deal new for us to incorporate into policy and procedure.

A few additional pieces of advice regarding safeguarding policies, a recognition of the upcoming 'prevent duty' and some more advice regarding the single central record and how to ensure agencies and third party staff are appropriately checked, pretty much sums it up. Apart from an interesting change to host families.

An additional sentence in Annex C suggests that schools can avoid obtaining a DBS with barred list check on host families by allowing parents to take responsibility for selecting the English host family. The practicalities of doing so may be difficult, but if it removes the necessity to obtain checks on host families, many schools may choose to do it.

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