The 2023 version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) comes into force on 1 September, and here is a reminder of actions for governors arising from the changes since 2022.
As governors and trustees, the most important changes are that you should:
- Make sure the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) takes responsibility for understanding the filtering and monitoring systems and processes in place as part of their role (paragraph 103)
- Make sure all staff understand their expectations, roles and responsibilities around filtering and monitoring as part of their safeguarding training (paragraph 124)
- Assure yourselves that any child protection policy includes how the college approaches filtering and monitoring on devices and networks (paragraph 138)
- Review the DfE’s filtering and monitoring standards. The board should discuss with IT staff and service provider what needs to be done to support the college in meeting the standards (paragraph 142). Specifically, the college should:
- Identify and assign roles and responsibilities to manage filtering and monitoring systems
- Review filtering and monitoring provision at least annually
- Block harmful and inappropriate content without unreasonably impacting teaching and learning
- Have effective monitoring strategies in place that meet its safeguarding needs
This is set out in part 2 of KCSIE.
The college should inform shortlisted candidates that it might conduct an online search as part of due diligence checks in recruitment. This is set out in part 3.
So steps you could take are:
- Review the DfE’s digital and technology standards to see if your college meets them, and discuss with IT staff what they can do to improve
- Talk to Principal about training for staff on KCSIE 2023, particularly filtering and monitoring expectations and responsibilities
- Staff will need to update any child protection policy, which will then come to the Board to review and approve.
- Staff may also need to update the attendance policy to reflect support around children absent from education and recognise the potential impact of mental health on attendance
- Ask senior leaders about whether they’re informing shortlisted candidates about conducting an online search as part of their recruitment process