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2 November 2016
By Rebecca Avery

Online safety in schools and colleges: Questions for the Governing Body - New UKCCIS document published

The UKCCIS Education Group has recently  developed and published guidance for school governors to help governing boards support their school leaders to keep children safe online. Governors can use it to:
  • gain a basic understanding of the school’s current approach to keeping children safe online;
  • learn how to improve this approach where appropriate;
  • find out about tools which can be used to improve the approach.
The document explores five key questions for Governors to use to facilitate discussions with Headteachers and Designated Safeguarding Leads to help them ensure schools are fulfilling their statutory safeguarding requirements an also to help collate evidence ready for inspection. The document includes examples of good and outstanding practice, as well as identifying issues and examples of answers which will help to indicate when governors should be concerned. This guidance is non-statutory and should be read alongside the Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. Governors may find it helpful to read this document alongside the following blog posts:Governors within Kent schools and settings may wish to access support and guidance regarding online safety provided by the Education Safeguarding Team.