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Keeping children safe during Covid-19 – template policy

1 April 2020

Please note: the information contained in this legal update is correct as of the 9 June 2020

In response to new safeguarding guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE) to keep children safe, including online, during the pandemic, we are delighted to be able to share this template annex with you so that you can add to your existing child protection policy. Additional supporting resources are available to download at the bottom of the page.

It is highly probable that your existing policies will not accurately reflect the new arrangements required in response to COVID-19. You should therefore review your existing policy and include the annex, which sets out how child protection duties will be discharged during this time.

Our template:

  • Covers all statutory obligations outlined in the new guidance
  • Available in Microsoft Word format - simply add your school or trust name where directed

To further support you with your child protection obligations and improve understanding of the new guidance, we held a webinar on Friday 3 April. You can watch a recording of the webinar here.

During the session, our leading safeguarding and HR experts Dai Durbridge and Emma Hughes covered:

  • the key amendments introduced by the DfE;
  • how you can disseminate the amends to your staff and test their ongoing understanding;
  • what to do if you do not have designated safeguarding leads on site;
  • how to manage your safeguarding obligations where you have staff from other schools on site; and
  • the importance of amending your single central record.

Additional resources:

Coronavirus support

We are helping across business, health, education and government sectors:

training and events

14Oct

ISBL regional Conference Sheffield

Browne Jacobson’s Associate Sophie Jackson discusses the rise in growth of SEN and the impact of this on schools. Please note that this event was postponed from June 2020.

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19Nov

CST Inaugural Annual Conference Hilton Metropole, NEC, National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1PP

Come and meet the team at CST’s Inaugural Annual Conference this summer. Partner Nick MacKenzie will also be delivering a workshop on governance leadership.

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Keeping children safe 2020 – managing allegations and agency staff

Our leading HR and safeguarding experts Emma Hughes and Dai Durbridge will provide you with all the information you need in order to meet your statutory obligations in the on-demand recording.

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Back to School - preparing for the reopening of schools in September

Schools in England were closed other than to the children of key workers and children who are classified as vulnerable from 20th March as part of the management of the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the relaxation of lockdown measures many primary schools in England began a phased reopening for pupils from 15th June.

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Legal updates

Admissions during Covid-19

Whilst the Department for Education (DfE) has implemented statutory changes to elements of the frameworks relating to admission appeals, exclusions and special educational needs, there have been no changes relating to the legislation relating to admissions.

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be connected newsletter for education - June 2020

In this edition we provide you with the latest in legal updates, news and insight from the sector.

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The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

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