Safeguarding Essentials

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2018/19 Academic Year Wall Planners
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If you are looking for ideas for planning your safeguarding or e-safety activities throughout the year, these 2018/2019 academic year wall planners are ideal. We have offered suggestions on how the E-safety Support and Safeguarding Essentials resources can be used throughout the year as well as having space for you to insert your own activities. We also highlight some of the key safeguarding and e-safety events throughout the year.

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What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Digital Literacy
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Digital literacy is not simply maintaining and developing a familiarity with computers, the internet and the possibilities afforded by incorporating ICT – it is more about future proofing learning, keeping teaching accessible and relevant to pupils, and extending and embedding key skills and concepts into pupils lives – both in and out of school.

In the What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Digital Literacy report, find out how to use ICT, the internet and digital devices to enhance learning and also prepare students for a digital future.

Resource type: SUPPORT AND ADVICE Education level: All Levels
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What Every Teacher Needs To Know About E-safety
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This report begins with Ofsted's definition of e-safety, and explains why teachers should be concerned about it, both relating to their own online behaviour, and that of their students. The report includes some useful background statistics, and highlights things that teachers should look out for when it comes to e-safety, including content, contact and conduct issues. The document goes on to clarify the importance of the schools e-safety policy, and how to ensure that your web habits at home don't impact on your reputation at school. The report includes case studies and useful links.

Resource type: SUPPORT AND ADVICE Education level: All Levels
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What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Friendly WiFi
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Following the launch of the Friendly WiFi scheme, we are delighted to provide an essential guide for teachers.

Friendly WiFi is the world’s first accreditation scheme designed to verify whether a business’ public Wi-Fi service meets a minimum level of filtering to block out access to pornographic and child abuse websites.

This document gives guidance on helping students understand how Friendly WiFi can protect them and is also a useful tool to share with parents about the scheme.

Resource type: SUPPORT AND ADVICE Education level: All Levels
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What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Social Media
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Social media - interacting with other people online to exchange comments, ideas and innovations - is becoming an increasingly prevalent part of everyone's social life. But should it extend to the workplace, and when boundaries between professional and personal blur, how should we determine what is and is not acceptable? This report provides teachers with an overview of the key issues when it comes to teaching and social media. It clarifies how social media can be a useful educational tool, some useful statistics, safe usage tips and how to avoid being a victim of online abuse. The report includes two case studies and top tips.

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Abuse Policy
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This model policy has been designed to be easily adapted by headteachers and boards of trustees/governing bodies to reflect the ethos of your own school.

The policy includes information on identifying the various forms of abuse. It also provides details on the procedures to be following in the event of an abuse concern.

The policy is on Word format, so it can be adapted to include information specific to your school.

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Alcohol Policy
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This policy is designed as a template for your school to use as a basis for your own school alcohol policy.

The aims of the policy are to ensure that procedures are in place to deal with any incident of alcohol being possessed, consumed or sold on the school site and school trips, to ensure that a comprehensive alcohol education programme is available for all students in school and to ensure that the alcohol education programme is reviewed on a regular basis and that it reflects the values of the school and governors.

The policy is provided in Word format, so it can be modified to suit your own school.

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Bulling Policy
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The aims of this school policy are to ensure that procedures are in place to deal with bullying in school or off site. It outlines the delivery of anti-bullying lessons as part of the PSHE programme and the promotion of anti-bullying initiatives in school and sets out the sanctions in place for any member of the school community who is involved in bullying.

The policy is provided in Word format so that it can be supplemented with information specific to your school.

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Drugs Policy
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This policy is designed as a template for your school to use as a basis for your own school alcohol policy.

This policy applies to pupils, staff, parents/carers and visitors. It applies on the school site, and also applies to pupils and staff when off-site. This includes when the staff are acting in loco parentis, for example during school visits or residentials.

The policy also affects the use of school premises after normal school hours. Organisers of any after-school events should be made aware of the policy and their responsibility to implement it.

The policy is provided in Word format, so it can be modified to suit your own school.

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Resource type: POLICIES Education level: Primary and Secondary
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E-safety Policy Template
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This e-safety policy template provides a useful starting point for your e-safety strategy in school. The document has been saved in Word, meaning that it is fully editable by the user. You can cut, copy and paste your own requirements into the template, or choose to leave it largely as it stands, if it is suitable for your school. The policy includes a number of clear, easy to follow statements, as well as substantial guidance and support for everybody in the school.

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Extremism and Anti-Radicalisation Policy
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This policy supports the PREVENT duty for schools as part of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015).

The policy should be used as part of the overall safeguarding policy and it supports and complements the ‘British Values set out in the Department of Education guidance, ‘Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools’

The policy is provided in Word format, so it can be modified to suit your own school.

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FGM Policy
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This template policy sets out the actions the school will undertake to protect students and ensure that they are informed about FGM.

This policy also acts as a guide for staff in understanding how to spot signs of FGM in order to protect pupils.

This resource is provided in Microsoft Word to allow it to be adapted and made specific to your school.

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Mental Well-being Policy
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The mental well-being policy focuses on the well-being of pupils, however, recognition is also given to the importance of the well-being of staff.

This policy is designed as a template for your school to use as a basis for your own school mental well-being policy and is provided in Word format, so it can be modified to suit your own school.

The policy aims to ensure that the school promotes mental well-being and all students have the right to access services if they need further support.

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Safeguarding Policy
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This model policy has been designed to be easily adapted by headteachers and boards of trustees/governing bodies to help develop a comprehensive safeguarding policy your own school.

The Safeguarding Policy has various links with the wider Safeguarding agenda and staff and trustees/governors should always be aware of the impact this policy has on other, related issues. These links are outlined within the policy document.

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Sexting Policy
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The policy is provided in Word format, so it can be modified to suit your own school.

This sexting policy for schools aims to ensure that the school has procedures in place to deal with any sexting incident in school and/or the local community if pupils’ welfare is at risk. It also provides information for staff on how to search, confiscate and remove any inappropriate or indecent image a pupil may have on their mobile device. Overall, the policy is designed to ensure resilience for the school in light of any sexting incident including ways to support students and parents/carers.

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Resource type: POLICIES Education level: All Levels
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Social Media Policy Template
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This template document in Word allows you to create your own social media policy for teachers. Simply add your school name, the date, then cut and paste your own content into the document, or use it largely as it stands. The document includes guidance and policy notes, and is a useful reinforcement for a schools' e-safety policy, specifically about the use of social media.

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Abuse Checklist for Schools
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All school and college staff should be aware that abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues are rarely stand-alone events that can be covered by one definition or label. In most cases, multiple issues will overlap with one another.

This checklist is broken down into four sections to help staff identify possible issues. If this checklist raises any concerns about a particular child, it should be discussed with a designated safeguarding lead.

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Alcohol Checklist for Schools
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This alcohol checklist can be used by school leaders when they are reviewing their alcohol education provision.

It is important that schools regularly use this checklist to ensure that policies, training and lesson delivery is up to date.

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Anti-Radicalisation Checklist for Schools
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Since 1st July 2015, all schools have a duty under the Counter Terrorism And Security Act to keep children safe from harm, especially from the risks of radicalisation and extremism.

This checklist will help identify the key elements your school should have in place.

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Bullying Checklist for Schools
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The bullying checklist can be used by school leaders when reviewing their anti-bullying provision.

It is important that schools regularly use this checklist to ensure that policies, training and lesson delivery are all up to date.

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CSE Checklist for Schools
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CSE is an important area for all schools to include as part of their safeguarding policy. This checklist is a self-review tool to support the school in ensuring that it has robust policies and procedures in place to deal with any risks associated with CSE.

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Drugs Checklist for Schools
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The Safeguarding Essentials checklist is designed to assist schools when reviewing their drugs education provision.

The checklist is designed as a self-review tool to help identify key provisions for drugs awareness that should be in place as well as actions that the school should take to ensure that policies, training and lesson delivery is up to date.

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FGM Checklist for Schools
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Female Genital Mutilation is an illegal act. However, around 60,000 girls are thought to currently be at risk of the procedure in the UK.

This checklist for schools and staff provides a quick guide to signs that could suggest that a girl is at risk of undergoing the procedure. It also offers indicators that may demonstrate that FGM has taken place.

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Governor E-safety Checklist
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The role which the school governor plays in not only developing, but also implementing an e-safety strategy in school is vital.

The Department for Education have highlighted a number of key features of effective practice in relation to online safety in schools and Ofsted have placed greater emphasis on inspecting the effectiveness of the governing body in ensuring that schools meet all of these criteria.

This checklist can be used by school governors as a starting point for assessing the provision in your school.

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How Pupils Should Report E-Safety Incidents in School
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A key element of e-safety provision in schools is the clear and effective use of reporting procedures. Ofsted will expect all staff and students to know how to report e-safety incidents, and how to recognise when an incident has occurred. The guidance document starts from a common sense approach which is easy for all schools to implement, and helps teaching staff understand what constitutes illegal or inappropriate content. They are then given instructions as to the appropriate response and reporting mechanism. Recommendations are made as to best practice and the protection of children and staff in case of an e-safety incident.

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How to Create a Strong Password
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What makes a password strong? The key to creating a strong password is to understand how your password might be stolen, hacked or guessed. This guidance document gives teaching staff an overview of how this is done, and how you can protect yourself. The information can easily be edited and reproduced for the benefit of students or younger pupils. The guidance includes tips for strong passwords, what to avoid doing when you create a password, and useful links for secure password generation, remembering passwords, and creating an encrypted text file to store your passwords. Password security is a key issue in e-safety for everybody, so it is vital that teaching staff understand this and are able to prove to Ofsted that password security is taken seriously in school

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Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Resource Sheet
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This resource sheet supports the KSCIE online training course and provides links to further information across a range of safeguarding topics.

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Mental Well-being Checklist for Schools
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This mental well-being checklist will help demonstrate that mental well-being is already on your school’s agenda.

The checklist will assist school leaders when reviewing their mental well-being provision including curriculum contents, staff training and policy implementation.

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Safeguarding Checklist for Schools
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This safeguarding checklist is based on the Department for Education’s statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, as well as inter-agency safeguarding guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and guidance on the inspection of safeguarding from Ofsted.

It provides a starting point for reviewing and assessing your current safeguarding provision in school.

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Securing Personal Data in School
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Ofsted have identified the lack of effective procedures for securing data in school as a weak point. As part of a school's e-safety strategy, it is vital that the large amount of personal and sensitive data that a school is likely to be responsible for is properly secured and treated. This briefing document gives teachers an overview of the key issues, including defining personal data, the Data Protection Principles, the difference between personal and private data, and what to include in a fair processing and privacy policy. The guidance also offers advice about handling personal data on portable devices and remote access, as well as encryption and correct disposal of personal data. Best practice tips are also included.

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Sexting Checklist
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School leaders can use the sexting checklist when reviewing their strategies in dealing with incidents of children and young people creating, sharing and possessing indecent images (sometimes known as Youth Produced Sexual Imagery).

It is important that schools regularly use this checklist to ensure that policies, training and lesson delivery is up to date.

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Acceptable Usage Policy for Staff
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Every school needs to have an Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP) for their staff and other stakeholders. This document is suitable for use by staff, support staff, governors, visitors, wider stakeholders with access and external contractors. It encourages responsibility for e-safety and clearly outlines how ICT can be used safely in and out of school.

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Abuse - A Guide for Parents
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Abuse is a form of maltreatment (in this context, of a child). Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting by those known to them or, more rarely, by others (for instance, online). They may be abused by an adult or adults, another child or children.

This short guide defines the different forms of abuse to assist parents in safeguarding their children.

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Alcohol - A Guide for Parents
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This useful resource for parents provides key information about alcohol, the law about alcohol and young people and alcoholic units. It also gives advice about why young people experiment with alcohol, ways to prevent underage drinking and tips for parents on how to talk to their child if they have concerns.

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Audit tool survey - Questions for Parents/Guardians
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This document contains a number of questions that can be used as part of an audit or survey to get an idea of the current levels of parental awareness when it comes to e-safety. The result will help schools to plan their e-safety content and strategy. You can use the survey as it is, or cut and paste to create a shorter version to suit your requirement. You can then send it by post or by email to parents, or ask the questions face-to-face at presentations.

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Bullying - A Guide for Parents
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Parents should be aware that bullying is taken very seriously at school. However, as a school you cannot monitor pupils around the clock as bullying can occur outside of school.

This guide supports parents in knowing the different types of bullying, signs that their child is being bullied and other agencies that can support them.

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CSE - Checklist for Parents
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Child sexual exploitation is when a child or young person is in an exploitative situation and receives gifts or other items as a result of performing sexual activities to the abuser. It can also occur through technology when a child or young person is persuaded to post images on the Internet.

It is vital that parents play a role in identifying if their child may be a victim of CSE. This checklist will help them become aware of some of the signs to look out for.

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Drugs - A Guide for Parents
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Parents are naturally worried about their child being exposed to, and potentially experimenting with, drugs. So, this simple guide acts as a checklist for identifying possible signs along with actions that can be taken to discuss this matter with their son/daughter and other agencies.

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E-safety Factsheet for Parents
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This factsheet gives parents a general overview of e-safety. Schools can email it to parents, hand it out at parents evening or incorporate it into your newsletter to help raise awareness of e-safety issues for children and how these affect parents. It gives parents an overview of the positive and negative aspects of the Internet, some key statistics, tips and useful links.

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E-safety Information Sheet: Sexting
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It seems that there is a whole new language developing in the digital landscape - LOL!. But while many are playful and literal abbreviations, some are more potent.

To help make parents (and teachers) aware of some of the sexting abbreviations, we have compiled a short glossary. This is by no means exhaustive, but will help to educate parents about this new form of communication.

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E-Safety Issues and Online Safety - Parents Evening
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Providing a presentation to parents on e-safety, as a standalone event or as part of wider activities, is a great way to raise awareness, encourage discussion and promote good practice. However, it can take a lot of work to organise. That's why we have created this PowerPoint for you. It covers all the areas you'll want to cover, but can easily be adapted for your individual needs. You can also make it available online for parents to recap or who may have missed the event. The PowerPoint contains links to video in the notes sections of relevant slides.

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FGM - A Guide for Parents
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Teachers in England and Wales have a mandatory duty to report known cases of FGM in girls under 18 years old to the police. The FGM duty came into force on 31 October 2015. It is important that parents know that if they have any concerns regarding FGM relating to a child in school, they can speak to the DSL who will advise and act as appropriate.

This guide provides some key information for parents about the types of FGM, the law and health implications.

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Guidance for Engaging Parents with E-safety
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This guidance document is for teachers to help them engage parents with e-safety. The document has been written by an experienced ICT teacher who has worked successfully with parents and schools on e-safety. The guidance will help you plan content and activities for parents around e-safety and make sure you get maximum impact and engagement. It includes advice and tips on planning your content and activities, delivering them and following up.

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How to use this Parent Pack
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The Parent Pack of resources includes factsheets, an audit questionnaire, a PowerPoint presentation and guidance for teachers. This document explains how each of these resources can be used by teachers and e-safety co-ordinators to improve communications between parents and schools.

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Mental Well-being - A Guide for Parents
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It is important for parents to ensure that they can support the mental well-being of their children, as they would for any physical condition.

This mental well-being guide for parents will help them to identify signs of mental health problems, factors which could lead to future problems and strategies to promote positive mental well-being.

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Safeguarding - A Guide for Parents
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Parents may have heard the phrase ‘safeguarding’ before and wondered what it meant.

This guide for parents introduces the term 'safeguarding' and goes on to explain their role in keeping their children safe from abuse and maltreatment, preventing harm to their health and development and providing safe and effective care for them.

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Sexting - A Guide for Parents
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This handy guide that schools can share with parents provides some key information about sexting (or Youth Produced Sexual Imagery).

The parent guide includes information regarding attitudes to sexting, the law and potential consequences of taking and sharing inappropriate images, tips on what parents can do and links to useful websites.

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What Every Parents Needs to Know About Radicalisation
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The internet brings marvellous opportunities to children and young people with the ability to learn new skills and visit websites which engage and enrich their lives. However, the internet also brings dangers such as online predators who will try and contact children through websites and software applications.

This guide will help parents and carers learn more about the danger of their children being targeted by online extremists. The guide provides information to help them identify the issue of online radicalisation and gives suggestions on how to support their children with the threat of online extremism.

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Audit tool survey - Questions for Staff, SLTs and Governors
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Ensuring that the whole school is familiar with e-safety issues extends from the students to the staff, the senior leadership team and through to the governors. These E-safety Support audit surveys are designed to help ensure that your school is making everyone aware of their responsibilities in delivering a comprehensive e-safety strategy. The multiple choice questionnaires will monitor the awareness of e-safety issues and the schools’ policy in practice among this key stakeholder group.

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E-safety Training for Parents
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When it comes to e-safety at home, it is important that parents can educate themselves and their children about e-safety, take steps to prevent risks and ensure they know what to do if they notice a risk or there is an e-safety incident involving their child.

The purpose of this short practical guide is to encourage parents to look at how children use the Internet, to raise their awareness of online safety and to provide guidance on online safety and privacy for their children.

Prepared in PowerPoint format, this training module can be used be individuals or presented to a group at a parents' evening for example.

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