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Keeping pupils and teachers safe during remote education is essential. Teachers delivering remote education online should be aware of their behaviour and conduct, but more importantly, should continue to adhere to their statutory safeguarding duties as closely as possible in order to keep children safe and report any safeguarding concerns in relation to remote education.
The ultimate responsibility and accountability for data protection compliance sits with governors and trustees. They should have specific knowledge of data protection relevant to their role to ensure compliance with legislation and the ability to respond to any changes, working closely with the Data Protection Officer (DPO). If your school is found to breach GDPR rules, you may face a hefty fine and a visit from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Senior leaders should be sufficiently aware of the content of GDPR and the Data Protection Act in order to ensure schools have the right things in place to be compliant. As per the Data Protection Act 2018, it is your legal duty to protect the personal data of your students, staff, and visitors. Any establishment that collects personal data (e.g. names, addresses, dates of births, etc) has a legal responsibility to ensure that information is gathered, processed, and stored securely. If your school is found to breach GDPR rules, you may face a hefty fine and a visit from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Data influencers work with data on a daily basis and either create, store, enter, or decide when data will be processed. In addition to general awareness, you should have an additional level of training specific to your role in processing and handling data. As per the Data Protection Act 2018, it is your legal duty to protect the personal data of your students, staff, and visitors. If your school is found to breach GDPR rules, you may face a hefty fine and a visit from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Domestic abuse is a child protection issue that schools must be prepared for. All children can witness and be adversely affected by domestic abuse in the context of their home life where domestic abuse occurs between family members. Exposure to domestic abuse and/or violence can have a serious, long lasting emotional and psychological impact on children.
All schools must have clear policies and procedures that guide day-to-day processes in order to function effectively. Any member of school staff can be given responsibility for the drafting of school policies, and not all of them need to be signed off by the full governing body.
It is a legal responsibility for anyone who works with food to undertake food hygiene training. Any member of school staff who stores food or sells it has a duty to make sure it is safe and does not cause harm or injury to the consumer.
It is a legal requirement that any member of school staff who handles, prepares and serves food must receive adequate training, instruction and supervision in food safety for all the tasks they are asked to carry out. Any member of staff who is involved in food production, preparation or sale must have training.
All staff should consider whether children are at risk of abuse or exploitation in situations outside of their families. They should be aware that safeguarding incidents and/or behaviours can be associated with factors outside of the school or college, including criminal exploitation and sexual exploitation.
Female Genital Mutilation is illegal in England and Wales under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. All teachers have a statutory duty under Section 5B to report to the police where they discover (either through disclosure by the victim or visual evidence) that FGM appears to have been carried out on a girl under 18. Those failing to report such cases may face disciplinary sanctions.
From autumn 2020, Ofsted will begin a series of interim visits to schools with a view towards resuming full inspections in January 2021. The Ofsted School Inspection Handbook makes it clear that Ofsted inspectors place a large importance on speaking to those responsible for leadership and governance within schools and that it is the responsibility of senior leaders to ensure that schools are prepared for inspection, have discussed inspection plans and have notified the necessary stakeholders.
As per section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014, schools have a legal obligation to support their pupils with any medical conditions, including food allergies. Schools must comply with certain statutory guidance, such as providing students with allergen ingredients’ information for the food they serve (Food Information Regulations 2014) to fulfil their legal responsibilities. Failure to comply with relevant training or with statutory guidance could have severe consequences.
Schools and colleges have a legal responsibility to protect their students from sexual abuse, such as sexual violence and sexual harassment. All staff must stay up to date with the latest safeguarding training to ensure they are compliant with their legal duties. Schools must also implement relevant policies and procedures so that staff can effectively respond to reported incidences whilst complying with statutory guidance.
Safeguarding and online safety is everyone’s responsibility. It is an area that the whole school community should be engaged in – including non-teaching staff. They need to be aware of difficulties relating to online safety and be able to recognise them.
Governing bodies and proprietors must ensure that policies, procedures and training in their schools or colleges are effective and comply with the law at all times. They should be doing all that they reasonably can to limit children’s exposure to online harms and risks, ensuring appropriate filters and monitoring systems are in place, and consider a whole school or college approach to online safety.
All teaching staff have a responsibility to provide a safe learning environment. This includes protecting children from online harm, abuse and risks. School staff should receive online safety training that is integrated, aligned and considered as part of the overarching safeguarding approach (Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance 2020).
Children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities can face additional safeguarding challenges online. They often experience more online harms than their peers and can be vulnerable to online risks such as cyberbullying, online grooming and exploitation. SENDCOs 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.
ICT Leads play a vital role in developing and enhancing children’s learning around online safety. They are central to progressing policy and process and in helping to shape how young people acquire the skills to use ICT effectively, confidently and safely. Furthermore, ICT Leads should work closely with DSLs and have an awareness of their wider safeguarding responsibilities.
Designated Safeguarding Leads should take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection, including online safety, in schools. They should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role, including the ability to understand the unique risks associated with online safety. They should be confident that they have the relevant knowledge and up to date capability required to keep children safe whilst they are online at school or college (Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) statutory guidance 2020).
Safeguarding children online is a whole school responsibility. All educators have a duty of care to protect children from online harm. It’s important therefore that their knowledge of the online world is relevant and up to date and that they have the expertise and awareness to be able to support children’s activities online in line with policy requirements and individual pupil needs.
All schools should adopt a robust and effective strategy to help keep children safe online. Senior leaders should ensure that their school is meeting local policy requirements and that they are pursuing a culture of online safety which is fully integrated into their school safeguarding practice.
Designated Teachers have the responsibility to promote the educational achievement of looked-after and previously looked after children. Governing bodies and proprietors must appoint a Designated Teacher, who must have the appropriate training, relevant qualifications and experience.
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All schools have a duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It’s essential that senior leaders and safeguarding leads have a strong understanding of their responsibilities towards child protection and are aware of the challenges they might face in implementing best practice processes and procedures.
All schools must ensure that they have robust policies in place around the selection and suitability of prospective employees and that they are proactively creating a culture of safer recruitment. It’s essential that schools adopt a consistent and rigorous approach towards recruitment processes that ensures the wellbeing and safety of children and protects them from harm and abuse.
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