What is KCSIE 2021 and why is it important?

The statutory safeguarding guidance is changing for September 2021. Find out what you need to know and how we can support you.

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Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) is statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) in England. Schools and colleges in England must follow it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

You'll find our summary of the changes to KCSIE 2021 in our free guide Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2021: How will it affect you? Request your copy now and we'll email it to you as soon as it's published.

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Why is KCSIE updated?

Every one to two years, the government update the guidance based on a number of factors including: new laws that have been introduced – such as the Coronavirus Act 2020, changes in government – such as Brexit, and new findings from research, so schools and colleges know what policies, procedures and preventative measures should be put in place to keep children safe.

KCISE 2020 update and Covid – the impact on KCISE 2021

The DfE began to consult on an update to KCSIE in February 2020. Due to Covid-19, the consultation was withdrawn. This new update includes some responses to the 2020 consultation as well as the consultation that ran this year.

How will KCSIE 2021 affect schools?

Your policies and procedures will need to be updated to include the KCSIE 2021 changes ready for September.

Our free guide will include a breakdown of what you need to know – including what you need to do by law and what you're strongly advised to do to meet your safeguarding responsibilities. Request your copy now and we'll email it to you as soon as it's published.

Request your free copy

Ensure all your staff are up to date and compliant

Make sure all your staff know about the latest safeguarding requirements with our online training package Tes Safeguarding, powered by EduCare. It provides unlimited whole-school access to over 40 online training courses in safeguarding, compliance, health and safety, and wellbeing – and access to our robust reporting suite to monitor learning and evidence compliance.

Courses will be updated in line with KCSIE 2021 so you can be confident that all your staff are compliant.

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