E-Safety Guidance and Strategy for practitioners

The internet is fantastic for information and great for communication, but we all need to know how to use it safely. It is recognised that E-Safety Risks are posed more by behaviours and values than the technology itself. Children are likely to have internet access in many places and in many ways, so it's important to equip them with the skills to use technology safely and appropriately, alongside which adults working with children and young people must also ensure they establish safe and responsible online behaviours.

We actively encourage internet safety awareness amongst children, young people, practitioners and parents / carers. Some of the dangers facing users of the internet include pornography, bullying and abuse, paedophiles, radicalisation, spam and viruses and identity theft.

It is vital services working with children and young people have robust policies, procedures and documents in place to ensure the safe use of the internet is conveyed to all those who are part of the community. These should be with regards to both usage within the organisations working environment and with regards to practitioner’s usage in the wider community whereby this may place them, their employing organisation or their profession in disrepute.

The E-Safety Guidance and E-Safety Strategy do not replace the need for policies and procedures within an organisation, but provide information and guidance as to how to promote and implement safe internet usage amongst children and young people.