Keeping Children Safe in Education

Safeguarding is not a new issue for schools but the demands of keeping children and young people safe have grown significantly over the last 10 years. It used to be that abuse was traditionally focused on children in vulnerable groups but the growth in the use of the internet and widespread access to social media means that all children are now vulnerable to inappropriate and illegal online content.
This has led to the Department of Education (DfE) to update the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) guidance, which has been in place since 2014, and an updated version became statutory on September 5th, 2016. This means that every school will need to consider and review its safeguarding policies and procedures, focusing particularly on how they protect students online.

  • Network Security

    Network Security is the process of taking physical and software preventative measures to protect the networking infrastructure from unauthorised access, misuse, modification or destruction, thus creating a secure platform for schools computers, users and applications to perform their daily functions within a secure environment.
    The introduction of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) means many schools have to rethink their internal security policies.

  • Internet Security and Filtering

    Internet security is one of the most important IT areas you need to protect as is it the gateway from your school to the outside world. A secure firewall and compliant web filtering service will block inappropriate, unproductive illegal and malicious content both inside and sometimes outside the school perimeter, and thus reducing the risk of infection by viruses, Trojans, adware and other malware.
    The changes in guidelines mean that many existing filtering systems are no longer fully compliant.

  • Device Security

    Personal computer, laptop and mobile security is absolutely essential to ensuring a robust, reliable, and secure school IT environment. It is extremely important that these devices meet the schools minimum standards for connecting to the network and that these devices utilise both anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
    Measures should be in place to handle non school devices (BYOD)

  • Backups and Disaster Recovery

    Ransomware attacks are becoming more and more common in schools.
    The number of Ransomware attacks worldwide as risen from 33 million in 2015 to over 638 million in 2017 and is still increasing.

    Schools are particularly vulnerable to attack.
    Having a reliable backup and disaster recovery solution is an essential part of your online security solution allowing you to recover your schools network in the event of a ransomware outbreak.

Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidelines

KCSiE Online Safety Service

The KCSiE Online Safety Service (OSS) will offer schools an Ofsted style internet and security health check advising on any areas of their services that might be vulnerable to attack.

  • Independent evidence - no obligations - just facts, leaving you well informed and with a plan.
  • 360 degree assessment - the assessment covers not just hardware and software but also systems, procedures and routines, staff awareness and understanding of the changing risks for children in this digital world.
  • Plain English - the report is written and presented in non-technical language thus making the information provided more accessible and easy for the school decision makers to work with.
  • Two versions - one for Primary and one for Secondary.