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Online-Safety Coordinators

Children and young people need to be protected in their education settings but the boundaries of their online lives now reach far beyond this. Whilst technology offers great opportunities for teaching and learning, it also brings responsibilities and issues that are sometimes difficult to manage.

Having clear policies that everyone understands is essential. Ensuring that staff and parents are fully aware of the benefits and risks that the online world presents should be a key part of your online safety strategy. This will reduce risk and create a safe environment for children, young people and the whole education community.

Online safety is an essential part of safeguarding children and young people and is an important element of an Ofsted school inspection. These courses will give an understanding of what Ofsted consider to be good and outstanding practice.

‘Keeping Children Safe in Education” DfE 2018:

  • Highlights sexting, sexual exploitation online and cyber-bullying

  • All staff should have knowledge and be aware of the signs of all forms of abuse and neglect

  • Responsibility of all schools to filter and monitor online access

‘Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum. This may include covering relevant issues through personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), tutorials (in FE colleges) and/or – for maintained schools and colleges – through sex and relationship education (SRE).’

A model Online Safety Curriculum for Sheffield primary and secondary schools is available to support the delivery of age appropriate online safety education and is covered as part of this training programme.

The SSCB training pathway for Online-Safety Coordinators is:

  1. Online Safety: a Whole School Approach - this training is required and MUST be completed first

  2. Once the above training is completed, Online Safety Coordinators can apply to attend the following courses:
  • Online Safety: Developing Training for School Staff
  • Online Safety: Developing Training for Parents

  • Online Safety Refresher 

The SSCB recommends that all education settings should have an Online-Safety Coordinator whose responsibilities include:

  • Being the first point of contact and promoting an awareness & commitment for all e-safeguarding issues

  • Creating, maintaining and reviewing e-safeguarding policies and procedures

  • Monitoring, reporting and communicating regularly with pupils, parents, all staff and Governors about current issues, guidance & legislation

  • Ensuring that all pupils, staff & volunteers receive training in online-safeguarding issues, that online-safeguarding is embedded across the curriculum and promoted to parents and carers

  • Ensuring that all staff are aware of the procedures that need to be followed in the event of an online-safeguarding incident and that an online-safeguarding incident log is kept up to date

  • To liaise with the Local Authority, the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board and other relevant agencies as appropriate

Online Safety: A Whole School Approach (2 days) Training 2018-19:

Day 1: 9:30am - 4:00pm, SCC, Floor 2 Conference Suite, Moorfoot Building, Sheffield S1 4SP
Day 2: 9:30am - 4.00pm, Learn Sheffield, Lees Hall Road, Sheffield S8 9JP

Day 1 - Monday 17th September 2018 AND Day 2 - Friday 12th October 2018 

Day 1 - Tuesday 5th February 2019 AND Day 2 - Tuesday 26th February 2019

Day 1 - Tuesday 2nd May 2019 AND Day 2 Thursday 23rd May 2019

Before you apply for a training place, please ensure you have your 4-digit ID number from your Schoolpoint Safeguarding team details (to find out more go to: Schoolpoint 365, School Safeguarding Teams)

To book a place on the training above, please complete and submit the electronic booking form below:

 Follow-up Online-Safety Training 2018-19:

Online Safety: Developing Training for School Staff (2 hours, 1pm - 3pm)

Monday 5th November 2018

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Monday 18th June 2019

Online Safety: Developing Training for Parents (2 hours, 1pm - 3pm)

Wednesday 14th November 2018
(Previously was 
Thursday 15th November 2018)

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Online Safety Refresher (2 hours, 1pm - 3pm)

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Before you apply for a training place, please ensure you have your 4-digit ID number from your Schoolpoint Safeguarding team details (to find out more go to: Schoolpoint 365, School Safeguarding Teams)

To book a place on the training above, please complete and submit the electronic booking form below:

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