The government has released its updated guidance for safeguarding in colleges, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020, having foregone their planned consultation due to the current Covid-19 situation. The guidance outlines what college staff and governors must do to ensure students are safe in college, as well as detailing the compliance requirements. Updates in this publication include:
- New requirements on mental health when it is also a safeguarding matter;
- A reformatted part two, which is the section that those governing should read;
- A change to the definition of safeguarding.
The current guidance does not come into effect until September, but governing bodies should be aware of the new requirements in order to prepare for implementation and action in a timely way.
More about the role of governors in safeguarding, can be found here.