Implement intelligence into your IT infrastructure that provides data and alerts, supporting early intervention for children and other users at risk of safeguarding related harm.
9ine’s Safeguarding Systems Implementation programme enables schools to effectively understand, evaluate and implement the necessary technical and operational controls to manage online risks of harm. This includes areas such as discrmination, drugs / substance abuse, extremism, gambling, images of abuse, porngraphy, privacy & copyright theft, self-harm and violence. The output supports evidencing compliance with statutory regulation such as Keeping Children Safe in Education, accreditation such as the CIS International Protocol, and local and international child protection laws.
A fundamental problem in schools is linking safeguarding objectives to the technical realities of filtering and monitoring solutions. More often than not, the systems are not in place, or not configured appropriately. Add to the mix that IT staff often manage them, with safeguarding / child protection teams kept at a distance, meaning a comprehensive data set is not being used, or being used badly to identify risks of safeguarding harm. Aligning safeguarding / child protection teams with IT, and following a set programme of work, bridges that divide, providing confidence to school leaders in the early identification of safeguarding risks of harm in their organisation.
There are many solutions for firewall, filtering and monitoring. Some are designed for corporate settings, with education as an afterthought; and others specifically designed for education. Some are cloud based, others on-premise. Each has its own set of benefits and weaknesses. In following 9ine’s Safeguarding Systems Programme your school can evaluate the effectiveness of its current systems, make improvements where there are gaps, and identify other systems or platforms for the gaps that aren’t manageable with your current set-up.
Coordinated action between safeguarding / child protection teams, senior leaders and IT can have a significant impact in the process of developing safer school communities. In following 9ine’s Safeguarding Systems Programme schools will tangibly experience and be able to evidence how they are making their community safer.