Voice Official Response: Keeping learners safe
Background: The Welsh Government consulted on draft guidance which includes:
- an overview of current policies to safeguard those in education;
- greater clarity on the specific duties placed on schools and colleges, and how they should be adopted by other education settings; and
- a safeguarding audit tool to support education settings to review their safeguarding arrangements.
Summary: In general, Voice approves of the updated KLS guidance and believes that it is a clear and well-drafted document. The signposting to other policies, legislation, guidance and codes is extremely helpful.
Safeguarding training is essential in protecting our members from possible false allegations and in ensuring that all of the education workforce understand their duties to report. Particular attention needs to be given to the training of support staff, as they are often neglected in terms of general professional development and many do not attend INSET days. The training for support staff should be tailored to their needs as they often work on a one-to-one or a small group basis with learners, and who may be more likely to witness a disclosure from a child.
We recommend that the Welsh Government works with stakeholders to ensure that information regarding the updated KLS guidance is communicated to all sections of the workforce.