The Importance of Safeguarding

Enabling institutions to meet legislative requirements

Securus helps schools meet the safeguarding criteria laid down by Ofsted and the ISI, as well as government legislation including Keeping Children Safe in Education and the Prevent duty.

Securus has been specifically developed to let you know exactly what is being viewed and how pupils and staff are communicating. Our solution monitors both online and offline activity ensuring that potential incidents of risk do not slip through the net.

With its comprehensive online safety protection, Securus encourages pupils to think for themselves and take greater responsibility for their actions. Securus plays a fundamental part in building your students digital resilience, the result being dramatic improvements in behavioural trends.

Legislation applies to:

  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Further Education
  • Academy Groups
  • Independent Schools

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)

“As schools and colleges increasingly work online it is essential that children are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. As such, governing bodies and proprietors should ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place”

Department of Education, Sept 2016

On the 5th September 2016 ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ statutory guidance for schools and colleges in England was updated to recognise and include growing need to ensure students safety while using ICT at school. A new section dealing solely with safeguarding in the online environment was introduced that places a legal requirement on school to have an appropriate monitoring system in place in addition to having a filtering solution installed.

More recently, on the 3rd September 2018, the guidelines were again strengthened to include greater information on the management of safeguarding in schools. The guideline now include an emphasis on staff to act immediately if they have a concern about a child.

Early Intervention

The legislation recognises that that the use of technology now plays a significant role in many safeguarding issues including: cyberbullying, radicalisation, child sexual exploitation, sexual predation and self-harm. In response to this the guidance states that school and college leaders should be doing ‘all that they reasonably can to limit children’s exposure to the risks’ from the establishment’s ICT system.

Part of this requirement means that it is not enough for schools’ to have visibility over students activity but that they also need to have early intervention strategies in place to help to stop safeguarding risks escalating.

Securus provides staff with early indicator alerts ensuring that they can respond to and act on potential incidents of risk.

Compliance with KCSiE’s online safeguarding requirements is now inspected as a standard part of Ofsted inspections.

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The Prevent Duty

“The Prevent duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”

Department of Education, July 2015

The Internet provides our children with a wealth of information that can help further their education. Unfortunately, the Internet and social media sites provide extremist groups with an ideal tool to distribute their ideologies and recruit new members.

The Prevent duty (Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015) places a duty on all places of learning in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

What does the Prevent Duty mean for schools?

  • It is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.
  • Schools are required to ensure that children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the Internet in schools.
  • More generally, schools have an important role to play in equipping children and young people to stay safe online, both in school and outside. Internet safety will usually be integral to a school’s ICT policies.
  • As with other online risks of harm, every teacher needs to be aware of the risks posed by the online activity of extremist and terrorist groups and promote British Values of tolerance and mutual respect.

Securus helps support schools to fulfil this duty by promptly alerting on potential instances of radicalisation therefore enabling staff to educate young people to question extremist ideology when encountered.

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School Inspections

Compliance with KCSiE and the Prevent Duty is now routinely inspected as part of Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework. In fact online safety has become a key area of focus within inspections for both Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) with schools expected to demonstrate a ‘culture of vigilance’ in all areas.

In the context of an inspection online safety may be described as the school’s ability to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology and to have the appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.

Ensuring that your school has the most effective online monitoring system in place to support safeguarding strategies can make the difference between achieving a ‘good’ and an ‘outstanding’ performance result as part of the Ofsted inspection.

What do inspectors consider?

The Ofsted Schools Inspection handbook, paragraph 174, requires inspectors to consider:

Types, rates and patterns of bullying and the effectiveness of the school’s actions to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment; this includes Cyberbullying and prejudice-based bullying related to special educational needs, sex, race, religion and belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender reassignment.

The Ofsted Schools Inspection handbook, paragraph 157, requires inspectors to consider:
The effectiveness of the arrangements for safeguarding pupils who are educated wholly or partially off-site at a unit run by the school or at alternative provision. The promotion of safe practices and a culture of safety, including online safety.

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enables institutions to meet legislative requirements by alerting staff to any areas of concern or incidents of potential risk while at the same time helping to educate young people about the importance of staying safe online.

captures information about who did what, on which platform, application or website, what device they were using and when it happened. The solution provides valuable data that ensures early intervention and empowers staff to manage and transform harmful behaviour.

provides comprehensive reports about learners behaviour and activity that will help your school to effectively demonstrate that it is fulfilling it’s online safeguarding duty of care as well as informing your school’s safeguarding strategy.

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