The NCA’s CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
Our approach is holistic. Officers in CEOP and across the NCA who specialise in this area of criminality work side by side with professionals from the wider child protection community and industry.
Intelligence developed in the NCA intelligence hub informs NCA-CEOP operational deployments, steers our development of new capabilities and underpins our dedicated ThinkUKnow education programme for children of all ages, parents and carers.
Always remember the SMART rules
S Keep your personal information safe and secure.
M Do not agree to meet anyone you meet on the internet – they may not be who you think they are.
A Do not accept any e-mails or messages from people you don’t know. They may contain nasty viruses that would harm your computer or mean and nasty messages from them.
R Remember, do not always rely on information that you find on the internet. It may not be correct.
T Finally, if something upsets you when you are on the internet, always TELL an adult, whether you are in school or at home.
E-Safety – Roles and Responsibilities
As E-Safety is an important aspect of strategic leadership within the school, the Headteacher and Governors have ultimate responsibility to ensure that the policy and practices are embedded and monitored.
This policy, supported by the school’s acceptable user agreements for Staff, Governors, visitors and pupils, is to protect the interests and safety of the whole school community.
It is linked to the following mandatory school policies: Child Protection, Health and Safety, Home–School Agreements, and Behaviour/Pupil Discipline (including the anti-bullying) Policy and PSHE.
E-Safety in the Curriculum
- ICT and online resources are increasingly used across the curriculum. We believe it is essential for E-Safety guidance to be given to the pupils on a regular and meaningful basis. E-Safety is embedded within our curriculum and we continually look for new opportunities to promote E-Safety.
- The school has a framework for teaching internet skills and E-Safety in discreet ICT lessons and through its application across a range of curriculum areas.
- Educating pupils on the dangers of technologies that maybe encountered outside school is done informally when opportunities arise and as part of the ICT curriculum.
- Pupils are taught about copyright and respecting other people’s information, images, etc through discussion, modelling and activities.
- Pupils are aware of the impact of Cyber-bullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by any form of online bullying. Pupils are also aware of where to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies; i.e. parent/ carer, teacher/ trusted staff member, or an organisation such as Childline or CEOP report abuse button.
- Pupils are taught to critically evaluate materials and learn good searching skills through cross curricular teacher models, discussions and via the ICT curriculum.
The school uses an approved filtering system at all times. Occasionally there is the need to disable this to access rich material provided through blanket blocked websites such as Youtube etc. This will only be temporarily disabled by the ICT Technician after the page has been approved by the Headteacher / ICT Leader / ICT Technician. It will be enabled immediately after the webpage has been used.
Notes in relation to ICT:
- Under no circumstances shall children access the internet through unfiltered systems.
- Under no circumstances shall any adult / child try to bypass the filtering system or use alternative proxy settings.
- E-Safety Skills Development for Staff
- Our staff receives regular information and training on E-Safety issues in the form of external CPD, CPD led by external agencies and internal training sessions led by the Technologies Leader / ICT Technician.
- Details of on going staff training can be found with the Technologies Leader.
- New staff receives information on the school’s acceptable use policy as part of their induction.
- All staff have been made aware of individual responsibilities relating to the safeguarding of children within the context of E-Safety and know what to do in the event of misuse of technology by any member of the school community
- All staff are encouraged to incorporate E-Safety activities and awareness within their curriculum areas.
- Managing the School E-Safety Messages.
- We endeavour to embed E-Safety messages across the curriculum whenever the internet and/or related technologies are used E-Safety posters will be prominently displayed.
- As required, events, assemblies and PSHE lessons will also cover E-Safety awareness.
- We use Smoothwall which offers a complete online safety infrastructure protecting students and staff at every touch point.