Prevent with Ascentis: Navigating the Changes in Keeping Children Safe in Education

At Ascentis, we are committed to ensuring the highest standards in education. Ascentis acknowledges the recent updates to the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023 guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE). We can help your centre create life-changing opportunities through innovative education by supporting you in meeting the statutory safeguarding requirements.

What is KCSIE?

KCSIE is an important guidance DfE for schools and colleges in England. It outlines the legal duties these institutions must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under 18. Introduced in 2014, KCSIE emphasises the crucial role of all education staff in ensuring a safe environment for children and young people. Please click here to view the full guidelines.

What are the latest changes to KCSIE?

1. Enhanced IT system expectations:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) takes the lead for filtering and monitoring.
  • Inclusion in staff training.
  • Adherence to new standards.

2. Responsibilities of governing bodies and proprietors:

  • Safeguarding training for governing bodies, considering risks and costs.

3. New section on filtering and monitoring standards:

  • Identification of roles.
  • Annual system reviews.
  • Blocking harmful content.
  • Effective monitoring strategies.

4. Other changes:

  • Updates in areas including Elective Home Education, absenteeism, safer recruitment, and more.

How Ascentis can provide support

At Ascentis, we offer a wide range of qualifications that address the new KCSIE changes such as:

Considerations for Ascentis Qualifications

1. Addressing filtering and monitoring:

  • Explore opportunities for our Safeguarding Short Online Qualifications (SOQs) to address filtering and monitoring in line with the new standards.

2. Linking British Values SOQ to safeguarding and Prevent duty:

  • Ensure that our qualifications connect to safeguarding, Prevent duty, and KCSIE, providing comprehensive training for educators.

3. Promoting up-to-date safeguarding training:

  • Emphasise that our qualifications are an effective solution to meet statutory training requirements, preparing professionals for entering relevant workforces.

Please click here to find out more about our SOQs which include Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Safeguarding alongside a range of other subjects to broaden learners’ horizons and enhance their learning experience.

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