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Implementing Monitoring Systems and GDPR Compliance – London

26th March 2018

Following great success and feedback from our autumn seminars, we decided to travel down to London to deliver a final safeguarding seminar on the topic of Implementing Monitoring Systems and GDPR Compliance.  We were joined by expert speakers including South West Grid for Learning, law firm Farrer & Co., and E-safety advisory Alan Mackenzie, to provide up-to-date knowledge and practical advice to school safeguarding staff and network managers. Here is what we got up to at this exciting one-day event:

the sessions

Following a scrumptious breakfast and a short introduction, Director at the UK Safer Internet Centre, David Wright, used his extensive practical knowledge to explore the rapid development and the latest trends in online safety. David discussed the increased connectivity of technology and issues that arise from online content, as well as the importance of student data privacy. Delegates were informed of the resources available to them that can be used to conduct a full school online safety assessment.

David Wright presentation

Feedback from our previous sessions indicated that our attendees would have preferred questions and answer slots throughout the day, rather than at the end.  We acted on this and had short Q&A sessions after every speaker, so our attendees were able to ask any burning questions!

Following a coffee break and networking opportunity, Owen O’Rorke, practicing lawyer at independent law firm Farrer & Co, dispelled some of the myths around GDPR compliance and delivered a presentation on how child protection and data protection can work in harmony. He spoke about what schools need to have in place to meet the proposed requirements, as well as an insight into what changes he expects to occur within the next year. Owen also spoke about breaking news in GDPR where there was an amendment to UK Data Protection Bill adopted by the House of Commons. This amendment provides grounds for the processing of special category (“sensitive”) personal data – without consent if the circumstances justify it – where it is in the substantial public interest, and necessary for the purpose of:

(i)   protecting an individual from neglect or physical, mental or emotional harm;

(ii)  protecting the physical, mental or emotional well-being of an individual

where that individual is a child under 18 or an adult at risk.

Owen O'Rowke presentation

Next, Charlotte Aynsley, an independent online safety consultant,discussed the role that monitoring plays in safeguarding children and preventing risks. She shared her knowledge on how monitoring can support schools in preventing and identifying risks and how it fits into the broader safeguarding and online safety picture. Delegates then engaged in an interactive workshop offering a series of reflective exercises to identify best practice in implementing a monitoring system.

A delicious lunch was provided which allowed us to refuel for the rest of the afternoon sessions! Our delegates had the opportunity to attend an ‘Impero Drop-In Session’ where they had any pressing Online Safety and Impero Education Pro questions answered   this was thought to be very useful!

After lunch and a networking opportunity, E-safety Adviser Alan Mackenzie delivered an engaging presentation, which delved into exploring the changes in legislation, such as Keeping Children Safe in Education, with recommendations for adopting a whole school approach to online safety and developing an online safety strategy. He then delivered our second interactive workshop, which considered best practice models and frameworks for adopting a whole school approach to online safety.

Alan Mackensie presentation

To finish the day, delegates took part in a quick quiz about the day’s sessions to test their knowledge and were invited to a final networking opportunity where they were able to discuss any queries about implementing the advice given throughout the day.

what the delegates thought

Here’s what some of our delegates had to say:

“All very good and very useful!”

“The GDPR section was informative.”

“I found the networking very helpful.”


If you’re interested in attending an event similar to this one, then keep your eyes peeled as we are currently organising our next round of autumn seminars!

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