29 September 2017
By Rebecca Avery

UKCCIS 'Using External Visitors to Support Online Safety Education' Guidance Published for Consultation

External visitors provide a useful and engaging approach to enable educational settings to deliver online safety messages to children, young people and adults. The UKCCIS Education Working group have published a document for consultation to help and guide educational settings through the process of selecting suitable visitors and sessions.The document explores key questions in the form of a checklist to help educational settings ensure the maximum impact of online safety sessions. The guidance highlights a range of resources which can be used to support educational settings to develop a whole setting approach towards online safety, in line with national guidance. The document can also be used to facilitate conversations between educational settings and external visitors to develop children and young people digital literacy skills and parental awareness. Version One of this guidance is being shared as a pilot consultation document to enable the UKCCIS Education Group to gather feedback from educational settings and external visitors, as well as other agencies, to ensure it is fit for purpose before the final version is published. This document should be considered as draft; educational settings should access appropriate support when considering its use. In order to submit your views and suggestions then please complete the survey. The survey will be live for four weeks between 26th of September and 26th of October 2017. Comments received will be used to help the UKCCIS Education Group produce a final version which will be published by the end of 2017. The Education Safeguarding Team would like to encourage all DSLs to access and the document and complete the survey to ensure  their views are heard. Kent DSLs can also contact Rebecca Avery, Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection) if they wish to discuss the consultation document or its content further.