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The Kent e-Safety Strategy Group

The Kent e-Safety Strategy group comprises of school staff, Kent County Council Officers, child safeguarding officers, Connexions, Libraries and Archives, Kent Police and other children's workforce professionals. We work to support the work of the Kent e-Safety Officer to develop advice and guidance on online safety for schools, settings and professionals working with children and young people in Kent. We work with the Kent Education Safeguarding Team and the Kent Safeguarding Children Board.

Kent Schools and settings can contact the e-Safety Officer on to express interest in supporting this group.

Kent e-Safety policy template and guidance

The Kent schools and settings e-Safety policy template has been updated for 2012 to reflect the changes in technology and practise within schools and settings. 

If you are worried about a child's online safety, then you can follow our procedures flowchart (PDF, 963.2 KB) which shows you how to respond to an incidence of concern.

NOTE: The e-Safety Strategy group is currently reviewing this guidance for 2014-15. Kent schools are welcome to contact the e-Safety officer regarding updates.

e-Safety Policy Generator

The Policy Generator is an interactive tool which allows Kent schools to prepare their e-Safety policy online by selecting and amending statements from the template bank, as well adding their own statements, to create a personalised and appropriate policy. It is strongly recommended that all stakeholders should be actively involved in using this tool to collaboratively create an appropriate e-Safety policy for their establishment. Schools can only register for one account using an offical school email address and it is recommended the school e-Safety lead or headteacher is the main account holder. 

Acceptable Use Policies for Education Settings and their Wider Communities 

Acceptable Use Policies for Education Settings and their Wider Communities 2015 document provides templates and guidance to support schools and other education settings when writing and updating their Acceptable Use Policies. It contains guidance for leaders and managers to help them update their AUPS and consider the wider implications and actions required to implement, support and develop a embedded AUPS appropriate to their communities needs and requirements.

Kent e-Safety supporting documents

Additional resources inlcuidng sample letters and templates can be accessed via the e-Safety collaboration site on Kent Learning Zone or by contacting the e-Safety Officer.

Pupil acceptable use posters

Kent County Council and EiS have published revised and updated e-Safety posters for use by schools and settings. These posters have been created by the Kent e-Safety Strategy Group with input from schools and settings as well as children and young people to help outline key behaviours to help promote positive online behaviour. These posters are designed to be used as a stimulus for discussion and to enable staff to identify safe and positive behaviour across the curriculum. Settings can use these posters to actively promote their embedded e-Safety curriculum and to engage with the wider school community. Some settings may wish to use the posters to inspire children to create their own posters or using them as a basis for developing age and ability appropriate pupil Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs)

The posters are provided in PDF format and are A3 in size. To print smaller sizes, use the settings provided by your printer (i.e. for A4 reduce to 71%). If supported, set your printer to print borderless for the best presentation. Schools and settings can also access the posters as full collection, with additional printing information via the EiS website.

Social media and technology 

"Using Social Media and Technology in Educational Settings" aims to help senior leadership teams within education settings to consider safe practice when using social media in order to protect staff, pupils and the wider community. It provides schools with information and guidance about best practise and risk assessment templates to assess sites and technologies for risks.
Please note this document will be updating according to new legislation and sites so check frequently to ensure you have the most up-to-date version.

Visit EiS for technical guidance for managing a school filtering policy which allows an elected member of school staff to block and allow websites.

Safer practice with technology

Approved by KSCB, this document provides guidance on appropriate and safer behaviours with technology for any adults working with children or young people. It is intended to stimulate discussion within establishments to consider potential situations that may occur and to make sure all staff (whether voluntary or paid) are aware of safe, appropriate and professional behaviour. This will include online professional boundaries and maintaining professional relationships with children, young people and families.

"The use of cameras and images within education settings"

This document was published in 2013 and includes frequently asked questions settings have around the safe use of images and cameras. The document also contains guidance for settings around legal requirements and obligations in regards to Data Protection and other legislation which has been developed by the e-Safety Strategy group in liaison with Kent County Council Information Governance specialists. You can also find important contact information, sample policies, template letters and resources.

"Think B4U..." workbook and poster

The workbook and poster have been developed to support professionals in exploring e-Safety concerns with children, young people and their families in both formal and informal settings. The resources can be used by a variety of staff and it is recommended that professionals use the materials as a starting point and differentiate them according to the needs and ability of the audiences they will be used with.

Think B4U resources:

National, Government (DfE) and Ofsted guidance

In July 2014 Ofsted published the updated version of their School Inspection Framework ready for use in September 2014. Ofsted have significantly reduced the number of guidance documents which they publish for inspectors, schools and other stakeholders. This has resulted in there now being just three guidance documents:

This means that although the section five briefing "Inspecting e-Safety" has now been removed from the Ofsted website, many elements of good e-Safety practice have now been embedded and included within the September 2014 school inspection handbook and the separate safeguarding briefing. Ofsted have assured that all education, early years and social care inspectors will receive regular and up-to-date e-Safety training to enable them to identify good and inadequate e-Safety practice as part of inspections within schools, colleges and other settings.

'Keeping children safe in education' 2014 highlights the need for schools to consider how children will be taught about safeguarding, including online safety, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum. School leaders and designated persons must therefore ensure that their school promotes safe practice and challenges unsafe or concerning behaviours throughout the community and ensures that all members of staff receive up-to-date and appropriate safeguarding training, including online safety.

e-Safety practice should therefore be embedded throughout schools and settings safeguarding policies and procedures and is clearly identified as an issue for school leaders to consider and address. The e-Safety agenda has shifted towards enabling children and young people to manage risk, rather than filtering/blocking and therefore requires a comprehensive and embedded curriculum which is adapted specifically to the needs and requirements of pupils and the technology with which they are accessed today's modern world.