'Keeping Children Safe in Education' is updated

The statutory safeguarding guidance has been updated from 3rd September 2018.

Children with SEND are at greater risk of abuse, including peer-on-peer abuse, bullying and all other forms of abuse. Section 107 on p.27 of the updated guidance specifies some of the additional challenges that pupils with SEND face, including assumptions that possible indicators of abuse are related to the pupil's SEND without further exploring the possibility of abuse. 

Many SENCOs have responsibilty for safeguarding as well as SEND, and safeguarding and SEN policies should be aligned.

The updated document emphasises the importance of safeguarding policies being personalised to an institution, including different schools within a MAT, rather than having a 'MAT-wide' policy. It also offers guidance on GDPR regulations and how and what data can be shared.

The updated guidance. Annex H on p.104 specifies the changes in this document from 2016.

Related resources

  • Reasonable Adjustments: Class Information & Evidence Gathering

    08 Jan 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only

    This set of resources may be used by SENCOs to support class and subject teachers with making reasonable adjustments for the pupils in their classes. There is an editable class information sheet and an editable evidence gathering sheet (for Gold members), and completed examples of both of these (for Silver and Gold members). You may wish to watch the short webcast which explains how you can use these resources.

  • SENCO Year Planner

    Tool - 17 Dec 2018 Silver AND Gold Member Only

    This strategic tool can be used used to help you plan your year.

  • Acquired Brain Injury: The hidden disability

    Information, Guidance - 25 Sep 2018

    This guide aims to introduce childhood acquired brain injury (ABI), consider how it is acquired and why it is often misdiagnosed, and provide some practical support strategies. #miniguides