In June 2021 Ofsted concluded that the prevalence of child-on-child sexual harassment and abuse was so widespread that, for some, incidents are ‘so commonplace that they see no point in reporting them’ and ‘consider them normal’. SWGfL and The Marie Collins Foundation has created a support service for professionals working with children and young people in tackling harmful sexual behaviours, funded by the Home Office and in collaboration with the Department for Education.
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From what the past couple of weeks has shown, the recent viral trend of targeting teachers on social media platforms is causing a great deal of concern throughout the UK. It’s clear that from the reports that have been received on the Professionals Online Safety Helpline, professionals are still trying to address the problem with many feeling considerable distress and uncertainty of how to effectively handle the problem.
Report Harmful Content is provided by UK Safer Internet Centre and operated by SWGfL.
UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading organisations with one mission - to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people. The partnership was appointed by the European Commission as the Safer Internet Centre for the UK in January 2011 and is one of 31 Safer Internet Centres in the Insafe network.
The Professionals Online Safety helpline (POSH) has teamed up with HeadStart Kernow to help create a new Online Resilience Tool.
Much like the Brook Traffic Light Tool, The Online Resilience Tool provides a practical way for professionals to assess young people’s online behaviour and help them make decisions about whether that behaviour represents risk of harm.
In preparation for new GDPR legislation, which comes into effect on 25th May 2018, SWGfL, a partner in The UK Safer Internet Centre, has published advice and guidance to help schools and colleges when it comes to managing personal data.
'The Department for Education published their revised ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ statutory guidance on May 26th ahead of its activation on 5th September 2016. This is relevant to schools and colleges across England and introduces a number of notable changes and updates with regards online safety.
Given the guidance is 75 pages in length, SWGfL, as part of UK Safer Internet Centre, has helpfully highlighted the revised changes, together with what this may mean. Alongside most references, we have also signposted resources and services that may help. Simply skip through the Prezi to highlight the references, interpretation and associated resources.'
The most recent revision of the document is here.