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    Safeguarding

    Any good site that give a good summary on safe guarding?

    Ideas from an ICT perspective please?

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    Safeguarding? Like standing near a large steel lock box with a shotgun?

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    Aye, you need to be a *tad* more specific

    Safeguarding what? Files? Certain programs? Internet sites? Physical hardware? H&S ?

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    Safeguarding of children in education with an IT bent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    Safeguarding of children in education with an IT bent.
    I'm not sure I understand what you're specifically asking for either!
    Does "IT bent" mean you think there is a safeguarding issue relating to a pupil and an IT member of staff? (Thinking bent as in the cockney slang type phrase?)

    If it's just more general safeguarding relating to IT / Internet then I'd spend a chunk of time looking at CEOP resources. Other useful sites are:

    Cyber Mentors (Cyber-bullying)
    CyberMentors is a Beatbullying project - Home

    Internet Watch Foundation (Inappropriate web content)
    Report illegal images such as child sexual abuse to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

    CEOP (Online abuse)
    Thinkuknow - home

    NSPCC / Childline (Online abuse)
    ChildLine

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    mb2k01 has given you same good sites. If you can yourself on some e-safety training, even better. I did training through Kent County Council and am now ThinkUKnow approved trainer. It was eye-opening doing the course and I feel a bit of an evangelist in this area.

    Basically, schools are required by Ofsted to show themselves as at least 'good' for Safeguarding Children... which covers Child Protection and its allied policies including e-safety. Your policies need to have an integrated approach... don't treat e-safety as a separate issue, your policies need to show consistency.

    If you don't have a school e-safety policy, this tool Schools e-Safety Policy Generator is fantastic. You can get this link and other useful ones from here: Kent Trust Web e-Safety by Kent County Council

    Part of driving the e-Safety message home is making sure that everyone in the school (pupils, staff, parents and governors) all know the simple messages. For example, what to do if you see an image on the screen that is offensive (switch off the monitor, or click on Hector and get an adult).

    As a result of what I've done, we now have in place:

    1. A robust Staff 'AUP for ICT and Data' which is part of our contract. It covers many areas, including: Use of equipment, Child Protection (e.g. don't photograph the kids with your mobile), Social Networking (don't make friends with students or former students under the age of 18; don't make friends with their parents unless they are actually your friends) and Copyright.

    2. Our pupil AUP, signed by parents because we're primary, is being tightened up at the moment and will be relaunched in September.

    3. e-safety policy. CPP and other policies are being reviewed to ensure they are consistent and we are also putting together a 'Safeguarding Children' idiot guide... with what to do in the most common scenarios which will also cover e-safety.

    4. Training. For pupils, I started with Year 6 and am working my way down the school, educating them in safer internet use, using materials from ThinkUKnow which are available once you're approved. KS1 is more keeping yourself safe with e-Safety being part of it. The Lee & Kim lesson plans are pretty good.

    The new staff AUP was introduced with training in "ICT, Data and You"... it was presented to and is signed by all staff at the school who have any exposure to the children, regardless of whether they have a school network logon. It is loosely translated as scare the pants off them, putting e-Safety and data protection from the point of view of covering their backs. They need to see that they are careful how they physically handle the children, they need to be equally careful with ICT in connection with the kids.

    We will also be spreading the word with parents, with initial sessions planned to run before school collection time and then probably running an evening session. The governors will also be done at a full governing body meeting.

    5. Introduce the CEOP Report button to our website.
    You MUST register your school website to do this, but it takes minutes. they will then let you have the gif for the button. The button links to this: What are you reporting? - Report abuse - CEOP It is not like dialling 999, so click on the link and take a look. You can get information on the area that concerns you and if you need to can then report direct to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).

    CEOP are part of the VGT (Virtual Global taskforce) meaning that reports are monitored 24/7. The initial report may be dealt with by someone on the other side of the globe, but if it's serious they'll escalate to on-call staff here. I was told that one incident reported late at night in the UK, handled by Australian Police and sent back to on-call staff here led to arrest in 1.5 hours!

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    You also should have had basic safeguarding training from the CEOP/Safeguarding bod at your school (here it's a DH). If they're anything like ours they can give you sufficient reading material you'll need a lifebelt.

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