Kent CC new online safety policy and guidance documents for 2016



Kent County Council has updated a number of their online safety policy templates and guidance documents for education settings to reflect key requirements following the publication of 'Keeping children safe in education' 2016 and Ofsted's 'Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings" 2016.


This includes:

  • Online Safety policy template and guidance - this includes specific sections on mobile phones and devices as well as use of social media and also identified approaches for education settings to respond to key issues such as cyberbullying and 'sexting'
  • Acceptable Use Policies - template for children, staff and other members of the school community
  • Cameras and Image Use - includes Frequently asked questions and policy and resource templates
  • Safer Professional practice with technology - provides guidance on appropriate and safer behaviours with technology for any professional working with children, young people and families.


A number of guidance documents including suggestions for engaging parents, the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead, a self-evaluation tool for schools and early years providers and guidance for leaders regarding responding to complaints on social media are also available on the Kelsi website.


Blog posts highlighting some of the key issues for educations to consider can be accessed on the Kent e-Safety blog

Online safety within 'Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings"

Online safety within 'Keeping children safe in education' 2016


The online safety agenda applies to children and young people as well as members of staff and parents/carers and is concerned with the safe use of the Internet, mobile phones and other devices, both in and outside of schools and settings. Today's children and young people live in a digital world and it is essential that all education settings recognise this when implementing their safeguarding responsibilities. Education leaders and managers must decide on the right approaches and responses for their own community and must ensure that appropriate action has been taken to help protect staff, children and the wider community online.