Parent view’ , which allows parents to discuss their concerns or opinions of a school will also be a source of information for the inspection into children’s safety.
This also links with obligations on statutory agencies to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism (detailed in the statutory guidance for the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015). It is important to note that inspectors are expected to, at least, discuss online safety with children as part of an inspection.
Ask yourself: “How do I educate children and young people to build knowledge, skills and capability when it comes to online safety?"
“How do I assess its effectiveness?”
“How do I educate and support parents and the whole school community with online safety?"
Inspectors should ensure that they are aware of information available to the public, reported in the press or accessible on the internet, including that available on the early years setting, school or further education and skills provider’s website, if available. This may contain information related to safeguarding. Inspectors should do a check on the internet as part of their pre-inspection planning to see whether there are any safeguarding issues that may need to be followed up during inspection. All evidence that relates to planning for the inspection should be recorded.
The considerations and planning that inspectors should complete in their planning for an inspection now includes the use of technology to build wider contextual information around a setting prior to or during inspection. No longer are considerations limited to Parent View and a review of the setting’s website, but wider internet checks.
Ask yourself: “How is our setting portrayed online? What are your children, parents and staff saying about our setting online? How do I know?”
If you are new to online safety, here are some suggestions of where to start:
Multi award winning online safety self-review tools (both free to use)