5 July 2019
By Rebecca Avery

Online Safety within Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

On the 26th June 2019 the Department for Education (DfE)  published the updated ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE) guidance ready for implementation from the 2nd September 2019. Schools and Colleges must comply with KCSIE 2018 until that date. KCSIE is statutory guidance from the DfE; all schools and colleges must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Rebecca Avery, Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection) within the Education Safeguarding Team has put together a briefing for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) and educational setting leadership teams specifically relevant to online safety. It is recommended that DSLs and leaders read the entire KCSIE 2019 document when evaluating their current safeguarding practice and considering required actions for September 2019.

Summary of key points and changes relating to online safety in KCSIE 2019:

  • DSLs have overall responsibility for online safety (Annex B) but are encouraged to work with other staff within the setting as appropriate.
  • DSLs should be able to evidence that they have accessed appropriate training and/or support to ensure they are understand the unique risks associated with online safety, can recognise the additional risks that learners with SEN and disabilities (SEND) face online, and that they have the relevant knowledge and up to date capability required to keep children safe online.
  • All staff should provide with online safety training at induction and as part of their regular child protection training and updates.
  • Part 5 states that child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment can occur both on and offline; additional content has been included with regards to ‘Upskirting’.
    • All staff should have an awareness of peer on peer abuse issues such as sexting, cyberbullying and upskirting and know how to respond to these concerns.
  • Online safety should be taught to all learners as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum including as part of the requirements for Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education.
  • Additional links have been added to annex C, ‘online safety’; including a link to new DfE non-statutory guidance regarding ‘Teaching online safety in schools’.

Download document here. As the current document is viewed as draft guidance until September 2019, this document is subject to review. 

This document is available for educational settings to use to help consider their online safety practice. Other organisations may use the document for educational (not for profit) use only, with credit to the Education People.

Kent schools and colleges can contact the Education Safeguarding Service to discuss available support and training to enable them to fulfil their statutory safeguarding requirements regarding online safety.