New KCSIE Safeguarding Requirements

Keeping Children Safe In Education requirements have been updated

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) is a set of statutory guidance and requirements issued by the Department for Education, which all schools in England must follow when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The responsibilities for schools, including Governing bodies and proprietors, are increasing this year, effective 1st September 2022.

Schools have until then to ensure they are compliant with the updated KCSIE requirements. This is of vital importance in protecting students, but don’t worry, we’ve summarised the steps that your school can take to meet requirements when it comes to online safety.

The Four Cs

Online safety is considerable and ever evolving, but can be categorised into four areas of risk often referred to as the four Cs. The four Cs are also referred to in the KCSIE document.

Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate, or harmful content, e.g., pornography, fake news, racism, misogyny, self-harm, suicide, anti-Semitism, radicalisation, and extremism.

Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users, e.g., peer to peer pressure, commercial advertising and adults posing as children intending to groom or exploit them for sexual, criminal, financial or other purposes.

Conduct: online behaviour that could cause/lead to, harm, e.g., making, sending and receiving explicit images or sharing nude or semi-nude/pornographic images. (consensual and non-consensual) and online bullying.

Commerce:  online gambling risks, inappropriate advertising, phishing and or financial scams. If you feel your pupils, students or staff are at risk, please report it to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (https://apwg.org/).

(KCSIE 2022 Paragraph 134/135)

Filtering and Monitoring

  • Schools should have appropriate filters and monitoring systems in place and regularly review their effectiveness
  • They should ensure that the leadership team and relevant staff have an awareness and understanding of the provisions in place and manage them effectively and know how to escalate concerns when identified
  • Governing bodies and proprietors should consider the age range of their children, the number of children and how often they access the IT system
  • The appropriateness of any filters and monitoring systems are a matter for individual schools and will be informed in part, by the risk assessment 37 required by the Prevent Duty.

(KCSIE 2022 Paragraph 140)

Remote Education

  • Communications with parents and carers should be used to reinforce the importance of children being safe online.
  • Parents and carers are likely to find it helpful to understand what systems schools use to filter and monitor online use.
  • It is important for parents and carers to be aware of what their children are being asked to do online, including sites they will asked to access and who their child is going to be interacting with online.

(KCSIE 2022 Paragraph 137)

Mobile Phones

  • The school or college should have a clear policy on the use of mobile and smart technology.
  • This should consider how schools manage unrestricted access to the internet via mobile phone networks and the potential for mobile devices to be used whilst on the school premises for bullying, sexual harassment and sharing of harmful content etc.

(KCSIE 2022 Paragraph 137)

Role of the designated safeguarding lead

  • Governing bodies should ensure schools appoint an appropriate staff member as their designated safeguarding lead. (DSL)
  • The designated safeguarding lead should take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection (including online safety).
  • The DSL carries a significant level of responsibility. Ensure additional time, funding, training, and resource to support the role effectively.

In relation to online safety, the DSL will need to:

  • understand the unique risks associated with online safety
  • be confident that they have the relevant knowledge and up to date capability required to keep children safe whilst they are online at school or college

You can read the full KCSIE 2022 document here.

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