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Course Duration: 190 minutes (approx.)
Designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) should take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection, including online safety. They should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role, including the ability to understand the unique risks associated with online safety, and be confident that they have the relevant knowledge and up to date capability required to keep children safe whilst they are online at school or college.
Our annual online safety training for DSLs and deputy DSLs provides you with the core content you need to understand your statutory safeguarding requirements with respect to keeping children safe online.
Split into bite-sized modules, the training has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost-effective and most time-efficient manner. It has been produced in high-quality remote video CPD format which is accessible on any device, any time, anywhere.
Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, safeguarding expert and senior leadership education professional, the course is split into ten modules. The course consists of learning through video modules, completion of tasks, further reading and viewing external resources. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives of the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.
Designed in line with the following policies
Module 1: What is the need for online safety?
Module 1 discusses why online safety is so important and explores how children’s use of technology and the internet makes them vulnerable to a range of online risks.
Module 2: Statutory guidance and legislation
Module 2 explores the statutory guidance that DSLs must be aware of around online safety in schools. It examines key policy documents, including Keeping children safe in education, as well discussing RSHE curriculum requirements and Ofsted expectations around online safety.
Module 3: Developing an online safety policy
In module 3, you will learn about developing and implementing policies which support your school’s online safety provision. You will consider the need to ensure policies are inclusive, transparent, relevant and reflective of the current environment.
Module 4: Understanding online risks – unsafe communications
Module 4 looks at the dangers around who children might engage with online (and how they might do it), along with the different ways they may encounter harm. It also provides advice and guidance on how schools can take appropriate action.
Module 5: Understanding online risks – managing online information
In module 5, you will cover types of online content that children may have control over or access to. You will also learn to identify the activities which can place their own online information in danger.
Module 6: Understanding online risks – effects on health, wellbeing and lifestyle
In module 6, you’ll learn about how technology and social media can negatively impact on children’s mental health, wellbeing and lifestyle and how to support children who may be experiencing harmful behaviour.
Module 7: Building a culture of online safety
Module 7 discusses your role in developing a whole-school approach to online safety. It explores reporting mechanisms, referrals, compliance promoting good practice, teaching online safety and providing the necessary support to children.
Module 8: Safeguarding remote learners
In module 8, you’ll cover what your responsibilities are in relation to safeguarding remote learners in line with DfE requirements. You’ll consider how to ensure children remain safe online through blended learning and in respect of adapted teaching and learning due to COVID-19.
Module 9: Staff use of digital technologies
Module 9 explores your role in ensuring effective staff use of digital technologies, particularly in support of enhanced teaching and learning and in complying with relevant safeguarding requirements.
Module 10: Your role as a DSL and deputy DSL in relation to online safety
The final module breaks down the role and responsibilities of the DSL or deputy DSL with respect to online safety. You will explore your role in relation to policy and procedures, infrastructure and technology, education and training and standards and inspection.
Course Duration: 165 minutes (approx.) Our annual online safety training for teaching staff provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident and empowered to help keep children safe online.
Course Duration: 155 minutes (approx.) Our annual online safety training for non-teaching staff provides you with the core content you need to feel confident and empowered to help keep children safe online.
Course Duration: 1 hour and 19 minutes (approx.) Our annual online safety training for governors provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand your statutory safeguarding requirements with respect to keeping children safe online.
Our Certified School Programme is a complete solution for schools to implement an effective approach to online safety.
It has been designed by education professionals to meet the statutory online safety safeguarding duties outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2021 guidance.
CPD accredited training for the whole school community, including, DSLs, teachers, school staff, parents and carers.
Supporting schools to stay on top of online safety related news, social media updates, gaming updates and evolving online issues.
Designed by education professionals to meet the statutory online safety statutory duties outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2021.
Accreditation for your school including a certified school plaque when you meet our approval criteria.
Implement training to all staff and parents with just one click and report on course access and completion.
Access to our Resource Hub containing over 50 platform guides and lesson plans in online safety.
An Online Safety Advisor will be in touch within 24 hours