Safeguarding in Education – KCSIE updated requirements
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Updated Safeguarding in Education requirements by KCSIE

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) is a set of statutory guidance and requirements issued by the Department of Education, which all schools in England must follow when carrying out their duties to safeguard students. 

You can read the full KCSIE 2022 documents here.

For lighter reading in this article, we will highlight some fundamental changes and requirements for online and digital safeguarding in education.

We have also produced an Online Safeguarding guide which is a good starting point for anyone responsible for safeguarding in education and looking at procuring online safeguarding solutions. 

Download a FREE copy here.

Online Safety 

  • Students must be protected from harmful and inappropriate online content. A whole-school approach to educate pupils and staff in their use of technology and establish systems to identify, intervene and escalate concerns where appropriate.

(KCSIE 2022 Paragraph 134)

Four Cs

The breadth of issues classified within online safety is forever evolving but can be categorised into four areas of risk: content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate, or harmful.

Content, pornography, fake news, racism, misogyny, self-harm, suicide, anti-Semitism, radicalisation and extremism.

Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users; peer-to-peer pressure, commercial advertising and adults pretending to be a child online to groom or exploit them.

Conduct: online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm; for example, making, sending and receiving explicit images 

Commerce: – Online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing and financial scams. If you feel your pupils, students, or staff are at risk, please report it to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (https://apwg.org/)

(KCSIE 2022 Paragraph 135)

Online Safety Policy and Mobile Phones

  • Highlighting Online safety and the school approach in the child protection policy. Considering the 4Cs (above) will provide the basis for an effective online policy. 
  • Schools should have a clear policy on using Mobile Phones, BYOD and smart tablets.
  • Students can access the internet via mobile networks while at school. Schools must consider this carefully and highlight this on their online safety policy because this access allows students to potentially online bully, share harmful content and many more safeguarding risks.

(KCSIE 2022 Paragraph 137)

Filtering and Monitoring

  • Schools and governing bodies should be doing all they can to promote a safe environment in which to learn, ensuring the correct IT systems are in place to protect students from harm.
  • As part of this process, schools need appropriate filters and monitoring systems to review their effectiveness regularly. They should ensure that the leadership team and relevant staff are aware and understand the provisions in place, manage them effectively and have the know-how to escalate concerns when identified.
  • The UK Safe Internet Centre has published guidance on what “appropriate” filtering and monitoring might look like. Please find out more here.

(KCSIE 2022 Paragraph 140 to 141) 

Security

  • Schools need the appropriate security protection level to safeguard their systems. Their effectiveness needs reviewing from time to time to ensure they are evolving to the current cyber-crime climate. 

(KCSIE 2022 Paragraph 143)

Remote Education

  • Schools should communicate to parents the importance of online safety when remote. 
  • Parents and guardians will likely find it helpful to understand schools’ systems to filter and monitor online use.
  • It will be necessary for parents and guardians to be aware of what their children are being asked to do online, including the sites they will ask to access and be clear about who from the school is going to be interacting with online. 

(KCSIE 2022 Paragraph 137)

Summary

Meeting KCSIE requirements is an obligation. This blog is a summary we hope you found useful, but you should take the time to read the whole document for complete clarity. Keep in mind that the tools and systems necessary to observe KSIE need to be supplied and installed by a competent partner

Looking for broadband and safeguarding solutions?

Coconnect is a specialist provider of broadband and online safeguarding in education security and cloud services. 

If you’re looking for fast, safe and secure broadband with KCSIE and Prevent Duty compliant safeguarding systems, get in touch; alternatively, book a meeting.

We would be happy to have an honest conversation about the best ways to protect your students online.

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