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Implementing Monitoring Systems and GDPR Compliance

An overview of our Implementing Monitoring Systems and GDPR Compliance seminar- Nottingham

13th October 2017

To launch our autumn safeguarding seminars on the topic of Implementing Monitoring Systems and GDPR Compliance, we joined forces with industry experts to provide up-to-date knowledge and practical advice to school safeguarding staff and network managers. Here’s the low-down of what happened at our first session held at Impero’s Nottingham HQ.

the sessions

Following a tasty 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, 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.

After a brief coffee break and networking opportunity, E-safety Adviser Alan Mackenzie delivered an engaging presentation, which delved into a best practice approach around parent engagement in relation to discussing online safety issues – a common worry for school safeguarding staff.

Another key concern, the introduction of GDPR compliance, was approached by Owen O’Rorke, practicing lawyer at independent law firm Farrer & Co, with specific expertise in data protection law. Owen put delegates at ease by answering questions on the legality of GDPR compliance in relation to information sharing, record keeping and systems management, as well as an insight into what changes he expects to occur within the next year.

An enjoyable lunch and a chance to reflect on the morning, delegates were welcomed to ask our expert panel of speakers any burning questions they needed answered. With GDPR compliance being at the forefront of our delegates concerns, Owen was able to answer, reassure and advise them on what to do moving forward.

Next, Charlotte Aynsley, an independent online safety consultant, presented the role that monitoring plays in safeguarding children and preventing risks. With experience in the field spanning over 15 years, working with government, schools and the commercial sector, Charlotte was able to share her insight into statutory guidance and how this fits into the bigger picture of safeguarding in education.

Having recently created the Impero commissioned whitepaper ‘Implementing an effective active monitoring system: opportunities and challenges’, Charlotte discussed her findings and outlined a  best practice approach for implementation. Delegates then engaged in a practical workshop whereby they applied the advice to a series of case studies and their own school setting.

To wind down the day, delegates took part in a quick quiz about the day’s sessions to test their knowledge, with the winner bagging a tasty prize! Delegates were invited to a final network opportunity and were able to discuss any queries about implementing the advice given throughout the day.

what the delegates thought 

Gaining feedback throughout the day, attendees found the day to be insightful, engaging and practical. Here’s what some of our delegates had to say:

“We are taking back a clear view of what we need to do next.”

“There was a good opportunity to network and share experiences.”

“Another good event – thank you!”

“Balance of information and planning. Found the workshops very useful.”

“Informative event with well-informed guest speakers” 


future safeguarding in schools events

Our second session is being held on the 9th November at the Malmaison in Leeds. To find out more information and to book your place, click here.

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