- Department for Education
- Part of:
- Secondary school teachers: useful information, Primary school teachers: useful information, School leadership teams: useful information, Schools: statutory guidance, and Safeguarding children
- 26 March 2015
- Last updated:
- 5 September 2016, see all updates
- Applies to:
Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.
Ref: DfE-00140-2016 PDF, 830KB, 76 pages
Ref: DFE-00215-2016 PDF, 330KB, 21 pages
Ref: DFE-58201-2012 PDF, 233KB, 10 pages
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’.
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
Updated: 5 September 2016
- 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.
- Added 'Keeping children safe in education: for schools and colleges - guidance from 5 September 2016'.
- Added 'Regulated activity in relation to children: scope' document.
- 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.
- In 'Regulated activity' section, corrected the link to the factual note on regulated activity in relation to children.
- First published.