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safeguarding staff

All staff working in UK schools have a responsibility to keep students safe, in line with Ofsted, ISI, and other inspection bodies’ best practice whole-school approach to safeguarding. Those in dedicated safeguarding, child protection or pastoral care roles, however, have a specific obligation to take a lead on school safeguarding practices.

Typically the first point of contact for students at risk, you’ll be required to assess information about safeguarding concerns and determine the most appropriate response. Technology is now fully locked into education; students no longer view the online world as separate to the real world, as highlighted by South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) in their 2017 series of online safety briefings.

our online safety partnerships

Here at Impero, we work closely with our customers, charities, and specialist organisations to ensure that we’re the first to respond to the changing online safety landscape. This includes making use of new technology and responding to UK government guidance, such as the Prevent Duty and the Department for Education’s KCSiE guidance. That’s why Impero is trusted by school safeguarding staff cross the UK to help fulfill safeguarding obligations and keep students safe.

We’re proud that our keyword libraries have been developed in partnership with numerous expert bodies, including charities, specialist organisations and customer schools, including the IWF, Victvs, Beat, ABA, and SafeBAE, a charity co-founded by sexual assault survivors Daisy Coleman, Ella Fairon and Jada Smith, who appeared in the NETFLIX documentary Audrie & Daisy.

Impero Education Pro

You’ll be no stranger to the risks your students face when working online, whether it’s exposure to indecent content, grooming, cyberbullying or, more recently, growing concerns over the trend of ‘sexting’ amongst young people. As safeguarding concerns continue to rise, it becomes increasingly evident that basic blocks and filters prove an insufficient solution to online safety.

Impero Education Pro’s online safety functionality has been developed in direct response to the DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) guidance and we’re proud that our solution is compliant with the UK Safer Internet Centre’s ‘appropriate monitoring’ checklist. Using a range of intelligent monitoring tools, Education Pro’s online safety feature is designed to provide the context around online safety incidents, in line with Ofsted and ISI’s recommended managed approach. Monitoring, as opposed to simply blocking, provides young people the opportunity to learn how to navigate the online world safely and, ultimately, assess risk for themselves.

Keyword detection scans for when certain terms are typed anywhere on the network, including in an email, an application, search engine, URL or HTML. Our keyword detection libraries, based on adult content, bullying and trolling, eating disorders, LGBT derogatory language, race & religious hatred, sexting, and self-harm, amongst others, provide school safeguarding staff with a glossary definition of terms, acronyms and abbreviations to help put a student’s online activity, and potential risk, into context.

If the software detects these terms, or other incidents of misconduct, an automatic screenshot or video capture is taken, and this capture is assigned a severity rating. School safeguarding staff can then view this information within the wider context of a student’s behaviour, so the most appropriate response can be actioned.

As recommended by UK school inspectorates, including Ofsted, ISI, Estyn and Education Scotland, Impero Education Pro also includes an anonymous reporting tool, Confide, which enables students to report any concerns they have about themselves or another student to a staff member of their choice.

For more information on safeguarding, download our FREE online safety handbook.

Impero iSafeguard

Updates to legal safeguarding requirements will already be high on your agenda. As concerns around safeguarding prevention and handling has grown, the DfE has placed an increased focus on how schools can ensure all staff (not just safeguarding and child protection professionals like yourself) are fully trained on a range of safeguarding areas, in order to respond to risk with confidence, knowledge, and the correct skills.

Impero iSafeguard removes the hassle of organising costly travel arrangements, finding suitable dates and the time-consuming logistical nightmare of training days. Developed in partnership with safeguarding experts Victvs, our e-learning hub provides 365-day access for users, covers all twelve of the topics outlined in the DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance (including Prevent duty awareness, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), mental health and child sexual exploitation) and offers a dedicated space for members to share advice, experiences or ask questions. CPD accredited, Impero iSafeguard is convenient, simple and empowers all staff to handle safeguarding risks with confidence.

Impero Insight

Whether you’re looking to view safeguarding trends across an individual school or across multiple sites, such as schools within a Multi-Academy Trust, Impero Insight’s multi-server reporting and detailed analytics tools mold complex data into easy-to-digest visual dashboards.

An optional add-on module available with Education Pro, Impero Insight enables safeguarding staff to identify safeguarding trends across single or multiple school sites. Transforming data captured by Education Pro, Impero Insight presents detailed and accurate evidence of online safety concerns into rich-visual dashboards, which can be used to identify vulnerable students and assess safeguarding issues. A complete log of all network activity provides a detailed and accurate record of key statistical information, enabling safeguarding staff to identify online safety patterns. You can then address these issues in to inform topics for assemblies or wider PSHE style lessons, while ensuring access to the relevant support, while ensuring access to the relevant support, supporting best practice and proving outstanding leadership.

Impero EdLink

As mobile devices, from iPads to Chromebooks, are rapidly adopted by schools across the UK, safeguarding staff are tasked with finding ways to protect students using mobile devices to support learning. Compatible with Android, iOS and Chrome OS, EdLink is designed to be used alongside Education Pro to enable education establishments to support BYOD and 1:1 programmes, while protecting students and their devices. IT teams are afforded an array of tools to control student-owned and school-owned mobile devices by managing access to content and enabling/disabling settings, as per your school’s acceptable use policies. This centralised approach to MDM serves to keep students protected from the myriad risks of working online when using mobile devices to enable learning, supports successful mobile device integration, and helps to realise the benefits of mobile learning.

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