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School Online Safety Policies

National Context

Ofsted - Common Inspection Framework (for September 2015; August 2015 update)

Ofsted - School Inspection Handbook (for September 2015; August 2015 update)

Ofsted - Inspecting Safeguarding​ (for September 2015; August 2015 update)​

Ofsted - Inspecting E-Safety (Jan 2014 - this publication is no longer issued/updated, but the 2014 version remains helpful guidance)

Ofsted - Inspection, Computing and E-Safety (presentation given by HMI David Brown - Ofsted lead for computing and online safety - at the LGfL Annual Conference in 2015)

Sample Policy Documents​

LGfL Online Safety Policy (January 2016 major revision) plus Appendices to the 01/16 revision​


Additional Materials and Guidance

School Website RAG Audit Document​ (September 2015)

An overview of LGfL StaffMail and LondonMail​ (Mar 2012)

Twitter Advice for Schools​ (Jan 2015)

Acceptable Use Agreements

Additional materials and guidance


UKSIC.png The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission and has three main functions: An Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline.
lscb_logo.gif London Safeguarding Chi​ldren​ Board - The London Child Protection Procedures

The London Child Protection Procedures ​are considered to be the definitive reference for safeguarding issues and are adopted as statutory guidance for London LAs.

CEOP - Child exploitation and online protection centre - part of the National Crime Agency

​Childnet International

Childnet is a registered charity with the mission to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. 

NSPCC logo

Child-protection experts at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children provide support with prevention and reporting.

​Child Protection Taskforce

The Internet Task Force for Child Protection on the Internet aims to make the UK the best and safest place in the world for children to use the Internet, and to help protect children the world over from abuse fuelled by criminal misuse of new technologies.

One-minute guides are short, strategic briefing and guidance sheets for school leaders​:

​Resource ​​Description​
Inappropriate Gaming Lette​r 1​ ​This letter template can be used if you become aware that a child is playing an ‘18’ rated game.

Template Letter 1​

​This is a useful one off letter to start a conversation with parents, particularly of you think the parents are unaware of the age ratings of games.
Inappropriate Gaming Letter 2​ ​This letter template can be used to send out to parents when you know a popular ’18’ game is due to be released. 

Template Letter 2​

Parents get a lot of pressure from their children to buy games which are not appropriate and some parents are not very aware of the age ratings. There is a real hype around some game releases and queues at games shops and supermarkets are not uncommon. 
​Minimum age for Facebook is 13 years old ​Facebook and keeping your child safe​: key information for parents/carers.

Facebook template letter​

Many children’s Facebook profiles are not properly secured with poor privacy settings.​
Letter to parents about filming school productions​ ​Use this letter template to inform parents about your school's rules regarding filming at school events or productions.

Parents often do not appreciate that the image consent of other children must also be taken into account when filming at school.