Voice Official Response 1094: Keeping Children Safe in Education

Voice Official Response to DfE consultation

 


Voice Official Response 1094: Keeping Children Safe in Education


 

Personal Details

 

 David

Brierley

davidbrierley@voicetheunion.org.uk

Voice - the union for education professionals

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Respondent Information Questions

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Education trade union

 

Consultation Questions

1 a)

Do you support the removal of the regulation that requires Secretary of State approved safer recruitment training for at least one member of a recruitment panel?

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Our support for this proposal is subject to the important caveat that this change should not dilute the importance of safeguarding as an integral part of the recruitment and selection process and the need for relevant and regular training to secure this.

A useful, whilst not direct, comparison can be drawn with first aid training. Whilst there are proposed changes to the first aid training regime, they should not detract from the crucial role of training.

We trust that the Department will continue to give a clear message about safeguarding training.


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If no, why do you believe it is necessary to keep the requirement?

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Have you taken the safer recruitment training course in the last year?

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If yes, do you think that the nationally prescribed training met your training needs or would your needs have been better met with a programme tailored to your requirements?

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3 a)

Do you agree that Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance should set out the minimum legal and statutory requirements and beyond that give schools and further education colleges autonomy to use their own judgement to decide how to keep children safe?

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Our members' experience of Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education in the last five years has generally been positive. There have been instances of uncertainty and different interpretation of certain parts of the guidance.  There is a general understanding that this is statutory guidance and the implications of that.

We hear from members, including members in management positions, who draw our attention to checks that are unnecessary but nevertheless being carried out.

We support the objectives of this revised guidance and have these comments on the draft:

1. Paragraph 21 (DBS) is out of place amongst sections dealing with checks and vetting. It would also help to include a brief commentary on DBS for those still not familiar. We would also suggest a brief outline of the Teaching Agency's role with misconduct.

2. There is no guidance on the recruitment process other than checks. This could be achieved in half a dozen short paragraphs, attached to paragraph 24. It could include safer recruitment training requirements.

3. The annexes are helpful. We suggest an additional annex with references to organisations (DBS, Teaching Agency etc) and relevant guidance; one example being guidance on dealing with allegations.

4. How can this guidance be updated before a 06/15 review? We are thinking in particular of online DBS checks.


3 b)

If no, why do you believe it is necessary to retain centrally prescribed guidance and training? 


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Please use this space for any other comments you would like to add.  


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Please let us have your views on responding to this consultation (e.g. the number and type of questions, whether it was easy to find, understand, complete etc.).


DfE Consultation: Keeping Children Safe in Education


 

Contact:

Solicitor David Brierley
Email: davidbrierley@voicetheunion.org.uk