Annual Online Safety Course for Professionals Working with Children with Special Educational Needs (2019-20)

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Annual Online Safety Course for Professionals Working with Children with Special Educational Needs (2019-20)


Online safety in schools is of paramount importance. As the online world evolves, so do both the online risks facing our children and the relevant legislation, both statutory and non-statutory, which directs and guides how schools should meet their online safety requirements.

The role of safeguarding around SEND and vulnerable learners

SENCOs play a central role in safeguarding pupils with SEND. They are a core element of ensuring relevant policies are adhered to, co-ordinating SEND provision and providing the necessary support that SEND and vulnerable learners need. But they don’t work in isolation. It’s just as important for DSLs, school leaders, governing bodies and proprietors to know their responsibilities in relation to keeping children with SEND safe within schools and guarding against an array of online dangers.

What you will learn

Produced in line with the latest policy and guidance, you will learn exactly what online safeguarding for SEND and vulnerable learners means. The course will start with exploring what is actually meant by ‘SEND’ and ‘vulnerable learner’ as well as cutting through the relevant legislation and outlining the roles and responsibilities of those who need to be involved in SEND safeguarding provision.

You will receive guidance on school policy implementation, how to take a whole school approach to online safety and where you can receive further guidance and support. As with all our online courses, you will also comprehensively cover a range of online dangers which children may encounter.

Course Units

Unit 1: Online safeguarding for SEND/vulnerable learners

This unit will provide an introduction into what we mean by ‘SEND’ and ‘vulnerable’ learners. It will cover the 7 groups of vulnerability as well as explaining why risks are increased for SEND learners and referencing the relevant statutory duties in...

Unit 2: The role of the SENCO, DSL and Deputy DSLs and Governing Bodies

In this unit you will learn the roles and responsibilities of the Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo), the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and governing bodies and proprietors. You will learn what is expected from each of these three key p...

Unit 3: Understanding the risks children face online: Managing online information

In unit 3 we begin to look at the range of online dangers that children may face online. This unit covers different types of online content that children may have control over or access to, as well as identifying the activities they may engage in, wh...

Unit 4: Understanding the risks children face online: Unsafe communications

Following a similar format to unit 3, unit 4 looks at the dangers around how and with whom children may engage with online and the different ways they may encounter harm. The risks you will cover are online relationships; fake profiles; online bullyi...

Unit 5: Understanding the risks children face online: Effects on mental health, wellbeing and lifestyle

Unit 5 is the final part exploring online dangers. In this unit you will learn about certain activities that children may become involved in online and how technology and social media can negatively impact children’s mental health, wellbeing and life...

Unit 6: Relevant policies & guidance for establishments with SEN pupils

Unit 6 will cover what schools need to consider in relation to their own internal policies, including their SEND and online safety policy. You will learn about the SEND Information Report, Child Protection File and EHC plan as well as being signposte...

Unit 7: A whole school approach to supporting SEN pupils in online safety

This unit will cover what taking a ‘whole school approach’ to online safety means. You will learn about applying a whole school approach to staff, pupil and parent/carer training, the three categories of online risk and what actions you can take to e...

Unit 8: Safeguarding remote learners

Unit 8 will cover what the role of a SENCO looks like when implementing safeguarding measures in respect of remote learning. It will explore key policy documents and statutory requirements as well as recognising what should be included in any policy...

Informative and accessible course

Informative and accessible course
HELEN CAIN, Designated Safeguarding Lead - Waverley School

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