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Keeping Children Safe in Education

A Smoothwall Perspective

In May 2016, the Department for Education released its revised statutory safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges, ‘Keeping children safe in education’, replacing ‘Keeping children safe in education’ July 2015.

The document issued under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015, outlines that schools and colleges must have regard to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

It should be read alongside statutory guidance ‘Working together to safeguard children’ and departmental advice ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused – Advice for practitioners’.

This revised guidance will commence as of 5th September 2016 and should be read and followed by all governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of independent schools, who will need to ensure that ALL staff in their school read at least part one of the guidance.

The Department for Education states that it is essential for children to be safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material, such as abuse, substance misuse, bullying and radicalisation. Governing bodies and proprietors must therefore now not only ensure they have the most appropriate ‘web filtering’ in place but also the appropriate ‘monitoring’ in place.

The aim of this document is to demystify the facts around online safety and take a closer look at how Smoothwall can help schools with regard to appropriate filtering and appropriate monitoring, which is featured heavily as part of the new legislation.

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