Safeguarding children in schools: statutory changes?

It's August (unless you're reading this in any other month of the year, in which case, "It was August!") which means that many educational institutions will now be thinking ahead to September and preparing themselves for the intake of new pupils or welcoming back existing ones. Along with stocking up on pillows to scream into, a part of the yearly preparations will be the safeguarding children training for the school's new and returning staff. As a parent of four boys myself (yep, four boys...it's why I spend so much time at work), I am beyond relieved that schools ensure staff training on safeguarding and child protection policies. But I was under the impression that they currently only need to do this every two years and that it isn't a requirement to cover online safety. My inquisitive switch clicked... Well, the Department for Education's inquisitive switch clicked too in 2015 and consulted on proposed changes to its statutory guidance, including ensuring that training is an annual requirement and that online safety is taught. So what happened?

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