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Latest Safeguarding Updates

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated version of the statutory safeguarding and child protection guidance for schools in England, Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE). This guidance replaced KCSIE 2022 when it came into force on 1 September 2023.

The guidance sets out what schools and colleges in England must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

Our briefing sets out changes made to the guidance.


Updates made in 2023 include:

  • clarification around the roles and responsibilities of education staff in relation to filtering and monitoring
  • clarification that being absent, as well as missing, from education can be warning sign of a range of safeguarding concerns, including sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or child criminal exploitation
  • additional information on online pre-recruitment checks for shortlisted candidates
  • information on responding to allegations related to organisations or individuals using school premises.