Statutory guidance

Keeping children safe in education

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.



This guidance applies to all schools and is for:

  • headteachers, teachers and staff
  • governing bodies, proprietors and management committees

It sets out the legal duties you must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges.

All school and college staff should read part 1 of this guidance. Part 1 of the guidance is also available as a standalone document.

‘Regulated activity in relation to children: scope’ describes work that a barred person must not do.

We have also published guidance on ‘Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006’.

We have published the guidance dated 3 September 2018 for information only. Until 3 September 2018, schools and colleges must continue to use the current statutory guidance dated September 2016.

Statutory guidance sets out what schools must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

Published 26 March 2015
Last updated 17 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 2 new guidance documents due to take effect from 3 September 2018.
  2. Updated 'Keeping children safe in education'. Updates include changes to information for all staff (part 1) and the management of safeguarding (part 2). Annex H provides a table of all changes.
  3. Added 'Keeping children safe in education: for schools and colleges - guidance from 5 September 2016'.
  4. Added 'Regulated activity in relation to children: scope' document.
  5. Both documents updated to reflect the new prevent duty, to emphasise responsibilities concerning children missing from education, and to provide more content on female genital mutilation.
  6. In 'Regulated activity' section, corrected the link to the factual note on regulated activity in relation to children.
  7. First published.