'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

  • Common SEND Acronyms

    19 Mar 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only

    This Common SEND Acronym Index provides users with a comprehensive summary of commonly used terms.

  • Comparing school data with national data for SEN

    04 Mar 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only

    This resource brings together many of the sources of SEN data to enable schools to make comparisons between their own overall data for SEN and that aggregated nationally.

  • Support Staff Observation Tool

    28 Feb 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only

    This fully editable tool, which can be completed electronically, has been designed to help scaffold the observation process.