5d E-safety sub group
Purpose of the group
- To update the South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (SGSCB) on recent developments and progress
- To contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of the South Gloucestershire strategy for online safety
- To ensure all services are fulfilling their responsibilities with regards to online safety
- To identify areas of risk and recommend mitigating actions to the SGSCB
The group continues to focus on objectives to improve online safety for children and young people across South Gloucestershire, for example awareness raising through school sessions and training.
The group is committed to engaging with an increasing number of partners to develop consistent approaches to dealing with online safety issues and to ensure staff working with children and young people are fully informed.
Online safety issues continue to revolve around inappropriate content, contact and online conduct. Issues continue to change as newer technologies are exploited, for example the risk of children and young people becoming radicalised online. Practitioners, as well as children and young people, are frequently involved in dealing with online issues which makes awareness raising crucial. Reported online safety issues are becoming increasingly complex and may arise outside an organisation but require a response in order to ensure that children and young people are kept safe.
The group is made up of representatives from:
- South Gloucestershire Council
- by Integra – the trading arm of South Gloucestershire
- Avon and Somerset Police
The sub group continues to meet quarterly.
Performance and effectiveness/impact of work undertaken
The strategy is focused on raising awareness of online safety issues for children and young people, parents and all staff. The group has reviewed the strategy and action plan and revised it to focus more clearly on raising awareness across all services and organisations in South Gloucestershire.
Training continues to be a priority with sessions delivered to newly qualified teaching staff, schools, foster carers, and online safety included as a key component of Advanced Inter-Agency Child Protection training and Child Protection Update training. This not only increases awareness of the issues faced by children and young people, but also encourages practitioners to consider their own use of technology.
Areas for improvement and future development
Gathering accurate information about the level of incidents reported across South Gloucestershire has proved problematic. The group has agreed to document incidents that have been reported at every meeting in order to improve this.
Through purchase from South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) the group now has access to reports about the uptake of 360 Degree Safe and Online Compass which provides some indication of the level of engagement and quality of provision. This has previously been funded and the sub group are seeking continuation of the funding for this.
Membership of the sub group is not as representative as it should be, for example there is no representation from the voluntary sector. Agencies/settings not currently represented on the sub group will be approached to establish whether there is an online safety ‘lead’ available to sit on the sub group.
The group will concentrate on the following key priorities in the next twelve months:
- Encourage all schools to conduct e-safety self-audits through use of the “360 Degree Safe” audit tool supplied by the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) to identify areas for improvement in their approach to supporting their students to use the internet safely
- Encourage all other organisations working with children and young people to self-evaluate using the SWGfL “Online Compass” self-evaluation tool and plan to improve provision as a result
- Produce a leaflet to promote key resources for parents and carers
- To prepare a training package to be used to brief staff across services about the issues and staff responsibilities
- To promote awareness and understanding of the role technology plays in Child Sexual Exploitation and Radicalisation
- To invite an identified young person to be a member of the sub group
Holly Magson, Workforce Development Advisor – SAFeh and Safeguarding, Chair of the sub group