Schools & the Children's Workforce

Panel Picture _LearningThis page contains information for Schools, Colleges and Professionals across the wider Children's workforce. Online Safeguarding is a broad, often complex and continually developing area and for those who work with our Children and Young People, can seem an overwhelming challenge. 

The LSCB Online Safeguarding Strategy is therefore based around the four inter-related Strategic Objectives below (see Addressing Online Safety) which seek to provide a framework structure within which we can address the variety of Online Safety aspects in a structured and meaningful way.

This page will see regular updates to reflect new and recommended resources for colleagues across Schools and the Children's workforce so be sure to visit regularly.

The links below will take you to various sections of this page and don't forget to take a look at the News section at the bottom of the page for additional information.

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◊ Addressing Online Safety  Advice and guidance around addressing Online Safety in School/College.

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◊ Dates & Events   Details of various events, activities and dates for diaries.

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◊ Supporting Resources  A variety of selected recommended resources to support progression

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◊ Further Information & Support  Contact details for further enquiries, training support and specific advice/guidance


Addressing Online Safety - how to approach?


As highlighted within the Overview section, our recommended approach is based upon the original and widely-recognised PIES model and is therefore equally applicable when addressing provision within Schools, Colleges and other organisations. 

Why do we recommend this approach ?  As the Online Safety agenda covers an increasingly broad variety of aspects (e.g. policies, procedures, staff, pupils, infrastructure, learning, governors, social media, numerous risk areas (e.g. OCSE, Sexting, Bullying, Radicalisation, Gaming...)), by breaking down into discrete (albeit related) objectives often helps to provide colleagues with a useful framework from which to approach. 

To support this approach, the Supporting Resources identified below include a relevant Supporting Objective icon which reference which objective/s the resource can relate to.


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Strategic Objective 1: Safer Management

To ensure the school/college/establishment has robust and effective policies, practices and procedures to safeguard C&YP against online safety risks.

Consider how Online Safety is managed within your setting - whilst not exhaustive, the items below are examples of typical areas to consider under the Safer Management Objective:

  • Responsibilities/Governance - lead person, Governor responsibilities
  • Online Safety Committee/Group - remit, membership, responsibilities/lead person, Pupil/Student engagement
  • Policies, practices and procedures - Online Safety Policy, Acceptable Use/Behaviour Agreements, Codes of Conduct/Professional Standards, Reporting/Escalation, Mobile technologies (School & individually owned)
  • Teaching and Learning - Curriculum development/opportunities, Good practice
  • Social Media / Online communication - School/College > Community Engagement
  • Image/Video management - School policy/guidelines, Parental expectations
  • Related Policies/Requirements (e.g. KCSIE, Safeguarding, National Curriculum, Prevent duty, Inspection)

The 'Making Sense of...KCSIE' guidance in the Supporting Resources section below provides useful information that will support this aspect.



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Strategic Objective 2: Safer Access

To identify and promote technologies, tools and infrastructure services which appropriately support Online Safeguarding priorities for the School/College, C&YP and related stakeholders. 

Consider how items such as the establishment's technical tools and infrastructure can support the approach.  Ensuring the technical and non-technical systems contribute to and complement effective practice is a key component and may include areas such as: 


  • Connectivity (Broadband; WiFi; 3G/4G access)
  • System policies (passwords; e-mail;)
  • Staff, Pupil/Student, Visitor Use (usage agreements and requirements/expectations)
  • Data Protection (ICO compliance, data processing, asset management, risk management, cloud services)
  • Content Filtering & Monitoring Systems (Physical/Supervisory, Technical systems/Software-based, Pro-active/Re-active approaches)
  • Technical Security (Anti-virus & malware protection, backups & recovery, network resilience, physical security, network security, remote access)
  • Out-of-School supporting tools (Home broadband safety tools, 3G/4G mobile provider facilities, 'Friendly WiFi' Scheme)



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To promote and identify effective learning opportunities available to all stakeholders which recognise and address current and emerging Online Safeguarding risks for C&YP. 

Consider learning opportunities for all stakeholders (e.g. Pupils/Students, Staff, Governors, Parents/Carers and the wider Community) to raise awareness of potential risks and how to report and manage them.  Areas to consider include: 

  • Pupil/Student education
  • Curriculum delivery (discrete and cross-curricular)
  • Risk Areas (CSE, Bullying, Radicalisation/Extremism, Social Media, Inappropriate Content, Healthy Relationships, Online Gaming)
  • Resources (Core resources, Risk-specific)
  • Digital Literacy (Understanding risks, building resilience)
  • C&YP engagement (Pupil/Student concerns, informing delivery)
  • Staff training (discrete formal training, update arrangements)
  • Safeguarding integration
  • Governor education
  • Parental engagement
  • Community liaison
  • Reporting mechanisms

The Supporting Resources section below includes a Risk Area description (where applicable) suggesting which Risk Area each recommended resource may support.


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Strategic Objective 4: Safer Standards

To promote and ensure appropriate monitoring and review practices are in place which ensure Online Safeguarding systems and procedures are effective and regularly audited.

This aspect closely links with each of the other objectives - consider how Online Safety is audited and reviewed within your setting.  Whilst not exhaustive, the items below are examples of typical areas to include under the Safer Standards Objective:

  • Monitoring and recording incidents
  • Incident reviews
  • Learning events/progression
  • Impact assessment (Policy, Practice and Procedures)
  • Information sharing and evaluation
  • Embedding good practice
  • Evidencing progression and actions

The highly recommended 360 Safe Self Review Tool in the Supporting Resources section below provides invaluable information that will support both this objective and informs Safer Management priorities.


Supporting Resources - where to start ?



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There are an enormous variety of Online Safety resources available and it is often highlighted that it is difficult to know which to use or where to start.  The items below have therefore been highlighted as a selection of recommended resources for colleagues, including (where applicable) useful indicators of which Risk Area they relate to and which of the above Objective/s they can support.

Note: All resources are freely available unless otherwise indicated.



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Sexting – LSCB Process guidance for Schools & Colleges

The above Safeguarding resource has been developed in line with the national UKCCIS recommended guidance (see UKCCIS Supporting Resource below).  The resource outlines the recommended process Schools and Colleges should follow when dealing with instances of Sexting and is the recommended approach agreed by Lancashire LSCB, Blackburn with Darwen LSCB and Lancashire Constabulary.  The resource seeks to re-iterate existing processes with the addition of a number of recommended supporting resources and underpins recommendations by both UKCCIS and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) highlighting instances that may be dealt with locally by establishments plus those criteria which, if met, require further escalation to the Police.  The A3-sized resource can be included as an Appendix in both the School Online Safety and Child Protection Policies. 
In addition, a 7-Minute Briefing on Sexting from the LSCB has also been published and can be found in the Learning & Development section of the website.
Download the resource from the link below or by clicking the icon on the left.
LSCB Responding to Sexting instances - A3 Process Guidance

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360 Safe – Policy & Practice Assessment Report 2016

The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) have released their Sixth annual assessment of School self-review data from their excellent 360 Degree Safe tool. The report highlights a number of strengths (incl. Filtering, Policies, Images/Videos & AUPs) and weaknesses (incl. Governor training, Community engagement, Staff training, Data protection and Impact evaluation).  The report provides a useful national picture for Schools and Colleges to consider against their own provision with some useful statistics broken down into more detail.
Find out more about the assessment from the 360 Degree Safe site at:

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Childnet – Film Competition 2017

Childnet has launched its 8thannual film competition.  The competition is open to young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online.  UK schools and youth organisations can enter the competition to showcase positive and inspiring use of the internet with a theme of: ‘Be the change – it starts with us’ (Primary) and ‘Be the change – We’re online for good’ (Secondary).
The closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday 12th June 2017 and you can find out more about the competition and how your young people can get involved at: 

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New: LSCB Online Safety Governance Checklist Guidance

Further to requests from Governor colleagues, Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board are pleased to announce the release of a new Online Safety Governance Checklist tool.  The tool has been developed in collaboration with Governor colleagues across the region and is intended to support Governors and School Leadership Teams in addressing Online Safety provision and supporting those responsibilities identified in the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 statutory guidance.  The checklist recommendations can be used in conjunction with the UKCCIS Governor Guidance (Questions from the Governing Board) resource below.
Download the resource from the link below or by clicking the icon on the left.

LSCB Online Safety Governance Checklist 

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UKCCIS Governor Guidance 

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) have released guidance for Governing bodies when addressing Online Safety provision in Schools and Colleges.  The guidance is in the form of 5 overarching questions, identifying why the questions is asked, what to look for and what is good or outstanding practice. 
Access the guidance via the icon on the left.

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Ofcom: Online Content Worksheet for 8-11 year olds

Ofcom, the UK's Communications Regulator, have produced a useful worksheet resource to link in with Safer Internet Day 2017.  The worksheet builds upon their 'Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes' research and helps to encourage children to consider their own online activity in comparison.  The resource is designed to be used in school or at home with parents to prompt discussions about online activity.
You can access the resource via the Ofcom website at:


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Safer Internet Day 2017 – Education Packs now available !

Safer Internet Day is almost upon us and is held each year on the 2nd day of the 2nd week of the 2nd month.  In 2017, this will be on Tuesday 7th February with the theme 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'.  
Schools and organisations around the UK (and wider) use the day as an opportunity to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities. Our colleagues at the UK Safer Internet Centre have created some excellent Education Packs and TV resources for 5-7s, 7-11s, 11-14s, 14-18s and Parents and Carers.  Find out more about the Education Packs and download the resources via the link below. 
Across Lancashire, many schools regularly use the opportunity to make it Safer Internet WEEK, addressing a different online safety-related topic on each day culminating in a review assembly at the end of the week.
Find out more, get involved and download the Education Packs and associated resources at:



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Online Reputation Management: Useful guidance for Schools and Colleges 

As increasing numbers of schools, colleges and other organisations embrace the benefits of the internet and social media for engagement opportunities, it is useful to consider what your online presence looks like.  Colleagues at the UK Safer Internet Centre and the London Grid for Learning have jointly produced some practical guidance containing practical steps for maintaining the school’s online reputation across social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.The guidance also suggests what to do if you find negative content about your school, how to manage what has already been said and how to ensure that future content is more positive. It also covers what to do if someone has created a fake profile of the school on a social media site.  You can access the guidance at:

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CEOP: Play, Like, Share - TUK Resource for 8-10 y/o 

A brand new three-episode animated series from CEOP through their excellent ThinkUKnow programme.  It aims to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they may encounter online.  The films are designed to be viewed across at least three learning sessions and are based on plans in the accompanying resource pack which also contains two alternative sets of session plans to enable teachers to tailor content.  The resource pack contains guidance, photocopiable workbooks and engagement materials plus further extension sessions designed to be delivered to particularly risk-taking or vulnerable children.  Find the resource via the Teachers section of the TUK site by clicking on the icon on the left or through the link below.

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NEW: LSCB Making Sense of...Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2016

Guidance developed for Schools and Colleges in relation to the Online Safeguarding aspects of KCSIE 2016.
KCSIE places a significant emphasis around the online aspects of Safeguarding provision including a recurrent emphasis on Governor/Proprietor responsibilities - this guidance highlights Online Safeguarding extracts from KCSIE, recommmendations for progression and recommended resources to support schools in meeting the requirements of the statutory guidance.
Download the resource from the link below or by clicking the icon on the left.
Making Sense of...Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016

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NEW: Online Safety Live in Lancashire 2017 

Together with colleagues at the UK Safer Internet Centre, we will be hosting our 5th Annual Online Safety Live Sessions w/c Mon 16th January 2017 (previously known as eSafety Live). As part of our regional Pan-Lancashire approach, these short, sharp 2-hour sessions are held on successive days, free to attend and are exclusively aimed at Schools, Designated Safeguarding Leads and colleagues across the Children's Workforce who have a responsibility for Online Safety. 
To book your place on a session, see the links in the Dates & Events section below.


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CEOP Think U Know Advice

Risk Area: Various

CEOP have released a range of useful guidance for Young People around a range of topics including Mobile Money, Online Content, Staying Secure and Gaming.  The guidance provides useful practical advice with a variety of media clips and articles and can be found at:

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Childnet - Crossing the Line: the PSHE Toolkit

Risk Area: Various

A highly recommended toolkit resource to use with students aged 11-14 containing films, lesson plans, guidance and worksheets to explore and address online issues such as Sexting, Self-esteem, peer pressure and cyberbullying.


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UKSIC - Professionals Online Safety Helpline (POSH)

Risk Area: Various

The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) provide a highly recommended helpline facility for professionals working with children and young people.  The Helpline work directly with a number of industry partners and can help to advise and support colleagues resolving issues through signposting and mediation.  The helpline is available from 10am - 4pm (Mon - Fri) and can be contacted by phone (0844 381 4772) or via e-mail (  You can find out more about the helpline via the link below:


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Alright Charlie - the Blast! Project

Risk Area: OCSE

An excellent Y5/Y6 resource for Primary schools from the Blast! Project.  The resource includes a short film clip (including a signing/subtitles version) with supporting worksheets and guidance for teachers and professionals.


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360 Safe Award-winning Self Review Tool

Excellent Self-Review resource for Schools and Colleges to comprehensively self-assess online safety provision.
Highly Recommended

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Risk Area: Radicalisation/Extremism

Very useful classroom resource for both Primary and Secondary colleagues to support addressing extreme content through developing Digital Literacy.
Highly Recommended



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UKSIC - Responding to and Managing Sexting Incidents

Risk Area: Sexting

Very useful summary advice from the UK Safer Internet Centre designed to support schools in responding to and managing Sexting incidents.
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UKCCIS - Sexting in Schools

Risk Area: Sexting

Useful guidance from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, providing advice on responding to Sexting incidents for Schools and Colleges.



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Risk Area: Various

Invaluable resource from SWGfL & Common Sense Media providing a large range of materials addressing multiple aspects of Online Safety topics through the curriculum.
Highly Recommended
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Risk Area: Radicalisation/Extremism

Extremely popular Lancashire resource to support schools in addressing the requirements of the Prevent Duty with practical classroom resources and useful guidance.
See: Lancashire P4S Website
Highly Recommended
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SWGfL Template Policies

Excellent high quality resource from SWGfL colleagues providing a wide range of template policies that can be adapted to suit local school requirements.
Highly Recommended
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UKSIC Filtering & Monitoring Guidance

As referred to in the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 statutory guidance, the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) have compiled two useful guidance sheets highlighting appropriate filtering and monitoring.
See: UKSIC Appropriate Filtering and Monitoring
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Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board - Parent/Carer School Bulletin

Popular LSCB bulletin for use by schools to support parental engagement with recommended useful tips and guidance. 
See: Parent / Carer School Bulletin - Staying Safe Online
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Digital Parenting - Issue 5

Risk Area: Various

The Parent Zone in association with Vodafone have released the latest version of the highly recommended Digital Parenting magazine.  The resource is free to access online and hardcopies can be ordered free by Schools. 
View the latest edition at:
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Dates & Events



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The section below contains details of dates and events for diaries with a brief description and support links for further information.

Events are listed in chronological order with the soonest at the top so make sure to scroll down for details of future events.

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Safer Internet Day 2017 -  Tuesday 7th February 2017

Safer Internet Day is held each year on the 2nd day of the 2nd week of the 2nd month.  In 2017, this will be on Tuesday 7th February with the theme 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'. 
Schools and organisations around the UK (and wider) use the day as an opportunity to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities.
Across Lancashire, many schools regularly use the opportunity to make it Safer Internet WEEK, addressing a different online safety-related topic on each day culminating in a review assembly at the end of the week. 
In 2016, Safer Internet Day reached 2.8 million UK children and 2.5 million UK parents.  Find out more and get involved by visiting:



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Archive: Online Safety Live in Lancashire 2017 - w/c 16th January 2017

The sessions (previously known as eSafety Live) are hosted by Local Safeguarding Children Board partners and provided free-of-charge and are extremely popular with limited places available - to find out more and book your place, follow the links below to the UK Safer Internet Centre online bookings system.
Mon 16th January 2017 (afternoon) @ Blackpool CLC, Blackpool  (SESSION FULL)
Tue 17th January 2017 (morning) @ Woodlands Centre, Chorley  (SESSION FULL)
Tue 17th January 2017 (afternoon) @ Woodlands Centre, Chorley  (SESSION FULL)
Wed 18th January 2017 (morning) @ Westholme School, Blackburn
The sessions are immensely popular and access to the resources discussed is provided at the end of the sessions.  If you are unable to book on the session of your choice, other sessions may have places available.



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Archive: Lancashire CSE Week of Action 2016

Lancashire Constabulary will be hosting a Week of Action around Child Sexual Exploitation w/c Monday 7th November 2016.  The week will see various activities and events with a dedicated conference event on Tuesday 8th November.  You can find out more about the conference and register at:



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Archive: Anti-Bullying Week 2016

National Anti-Bullying Week is co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and in 2016, will take place on 14th - 18th November 2016.  Each year has a specific theme and for 2016, this is 'Power for Good'.  Find out more about Anti-Bullying Week from the Anti-Bullying Alliance at:







Further Information and Support



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Further information and support around Online Safeguarding including training queries, general advice and local (non-emergency) queries can be found through the Pan-Lancashire LSCB contacts listed below:


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Graham Lowe

Lancashire LSCB/LSAB Online Safeguarding Advisor




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Paul Turner

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Blackburn with Darwen:

Dawn Walmsley

BwD Safeguarding Development Manager








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