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Supporting the Prevent Duty Guidance

With the increasing occurrence of extreme content on the internet, safeguarding students both proactively and reactively as they use technology is one of the most important concerns for schools worldwide. UK legislation recognises these risks and obliges schools to use filtering and monitoring technology to safeguard students’ welfare and protect them from dangers inherent online.

What is it?

The Prevent Duty Guidance sits under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. The guidance was released by the UK government in March 2015 and made a legal requirement on 1st July 2015. It requires schools (and other specified bodies to put measures in place to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

How does this affect my school?

Four areas have been highlighted where schools need to demonstrate appropriate action:

Staff training:

The designated Safeguarding Lead needs to undertake ‘Prevent awareness training’ (WRAP) to be able to provide advice and support to other members of staff.

Working in partnership:

Work with Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs)
who can provide advice and support to schools on
implementing the duty.

IT policies:

The need for school leaders to ensure that children are
safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing
the internet in schools.

Risk assessment:

The need to assess the risk of/identify children in danger
of being drawn into terrorism.

What to do if you have a concern

If a member of staff in a school has a concern about a particular pupil, they should follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures – including discussing the issue with the school’s designated Safeguarding Lead and, where deemed necessary, with children’s social care services. In Prevent priority areas, the local authority will have a Prevent Lead who can also provide support.

What happens if your school don’t comply?

Failure to comply with the requirements may result in intervention from the Prevent Oversight Board, prompt an Ofsted inspection or incur loss of funding.

What solutions can I use to help my school comply?

As a result of working with the Internet Watch Foundation, local authorities and conducting in-school research, NetSupport DNA’s safeguarding module helps schools to comply with their obligation to implement IT monitoring solutions – as well as managing and supporting IT in schools.

 

  • Keyword and phrase monitoring tool allows schools to quickly gain insights into what students are typing, searching for, or copying online – and it’s available in multiple language packs.
  • Innovative word cloud helps to easily highlight trending topics across the school – while appropriate staff are alerted through email, real-time pop-ups or summary reports, prompting them to review the triggered event.
  • Contextual intelligence-based Risk Index automatically flags high-risk events and vulnerable students, creating a risk index number for each event, based on sophisticated contextual intelligence risk analysis.
  • History of Concerns’ is available to help identify students that were flagged as vulnerable or at-risk, ensuring they have extra support.
  • Report a concern allows students to reach out for support in confidence to a teacher they trust, and teachers can also add any concerns they have about a student.
  • Age-appropriate Internet monitoring tools ensure students are using the Internet properly with age-appropriate profiles – creating a safer Internet with parameters to allow students the flexibility to learn about the online world in safety.
  • Apps and games can also be blocked or restricted to help schools add an extra layer of security and keep students on task. The application metering reports reveal application use, helping to ensure usage complies with school policy.
  • Cloud-based online safety console allows staff to access key information and alerts from triggers across the school’s local network while on the go.
“We welcomed the opportunity to assist NetSupport as it developed this important safeguarding technology which we are sure will be welcomed by schools.”

Nicky Peachment, IWF Commercial Relationship Manager

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