New Guidance for Schools and Colleges : “Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people” | The Education People
5 September 2016
By Rebecca Avery

New Guidance for Schools and Colleges : “Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people”

UKCCIS Education Group Guidance: Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people

The UKCCIS Education Group has produced advice for schools and colleges on responding to incidents of ‘sexting.’ The advice aims to support Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in tackling the range of issues which these incidents present. The document includes
  • Responding to disclosures
  • Handling devices and imagery
  • Risk assessing situations
  • Involving other agencies
  • Information about preventative education
  • Working with parents
  • Reporting imagery to providers.
This advice is non-statutory and should be read alongside the statutory DFE guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education and non-statutory Searching, Screening and Confiscation advice . We would strongly recommend that all DSLs download the guidance and read through it to ensure they understand the key issues.

KSCB - "Responding to Youth Produced Sexual Imagery"

The Kent Safeguarding Children Board has also published a short guide and flowchart for Kent professionals to use to respond locally to any sexting concerns. This should help inform DSLs with their decision-making and considering if external agencies need to be involved in responding to "sexting" concerns.DSLs may find it helpful to print the flowchart in colour. The flowchart and two page guidance summary can be accessed at www.kscb.org.uk/guidance/online-safety The Kent Online Safety policy template and guidance 2016 (2nd edition) has been updated to reflect this new guidance. If DSLs have any queries or concerns regarding "Sexting" or any of this guidance then they should contact the Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection) or their Area Safeguarding Adviser.