Revised Statutory Guidance
As a result of the challenges by UNISON and other unions, the Department for Education (DfE) published revised statutory guidance in February 2015 on the application of the regulations. This replaces the supplementary advice published in October 2014. The revised statutory guidance can be found here.
The revised guidance sets out in much greater detail than the previous guidance the scope of the regulations and the responsibilities of schools to abide by the Data Protection Act.
Whilst UNISON welcomes the clarifications provided in the new guidance, we are still disappointed about that so many staff have been needlessly suspended as a result of the vagueness of the original advice. We continue to press for legislative changes to the Childcare Act as we do not believe that these regulations are fair for staff working in childcare and add little to good safeguarding practice.