Mindful of the rapidly evolving digital world and the risks that exist in it for young people, Bilborough College wanted to further develop their culture of safeguarding through National Online Safety.
Michelle Harvey, Designated Safeguarding Lead, joined us to discuss how the college has benefited from gaining unlimited access to our award-winning training and resources.
The importance of online safety
For Bilborough, it was crucial to make sure they were keeping up to date with developments in the online world.
“Raising awareness of online safety is massively important,” Michelle confirmed. “With the latest updates to the DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education, it’s crucial to meet those standards.”
She continued: “We're aiming to engage with our parents, carers, governors and all staff to ensure that they’re aware of the latest online risks and dangers.”
Joining National Online Safety
“National Online Safety was recommended to us at a conference,” Michelle recalled. “We couldn’t deliver training face to face throughout the pandemic, so it was ideal for that time.”
Protecting children online is a collective responsibility - sitting not only with school staff but with parents and carers too.
Michelle explained: “We send the resources to our parents and carers when games, apps or devices are highlighted as a concern.
“There’s always something available that we can use to inform parents and carers. We share the resources in our online safety newsletter too,” she added.
A key benefit for Bilborough College was our role-specific training, with the ability to empower all members of the school community to keep children safe online.
“We’ve used the training and resources for everyone,” Michelle nodded. "It really does cover all roles and responsibilities.”
On achieving Certified School status, the staff at Bilborough College felt that their commitment had paid off following a real team effort from the whole community.
Michelle smiled: “We’ve said a huge thank you to everyone for engaging with the training and resources, as it’s resulted in our Certified School accreditation. It’s been marvellous for us; it’s definitely ticking all the boxes.”