Safeguarding experts come together for education seminar

A host of child safeguarding experts will unite for a second time this autumn on the 10th November at a safeguarding seminar designed for education professionals. The event, hosted by online safety software provider Impero Software, will see speakers from the UK Safer Internet Centre, Internet Watch Foundation, a Police Cyber Specialist Unit, Victvs, and E-Safety Adviser (Alan Mackenzie) deliver a series of presentations and workshops. 

In early September 2016, the Department for Education released an updated version of the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. The revised changes outlined in this document specify that schools should ensure they have ‘appropriate monitoring systems’ in place and that all staff working in a school environment, from lunchtime supervisors to teachers, should undergo regular safeguarding training annually. 

Impero decided to run the seminar, A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Safeguarding, in response to the updated guidance to help educators prepare and respond to the changes. 

Speaking of the event, Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero Software, comments, “The safeguarding of students is a huge focus for us and we’re delighted to be able to offer these seminars to help empower staff with best practice knowledge and advice,so they can respond effectively to changes in legislation and keep students safe.”

Attendees at the Nottingham seminar will also take part in an interactive workshop delivered by eCadets, providers of a pupil-led online safety education programme, and will hear first-hand from local students at Sunnyside Spencer Academy in Beeston about the importance of keeping other young people safe online. 

Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy will present a case study demonstrating how the school’s Network Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead utilise a monitoring system to support safeguarding policies. 

David Foxall of St Nicholas School, who attended the October seminar held at the Internet Watch Foundation’s head office in Cambridge, gave his views on the event, "A lot of food for thought that will no doubt help improve and develop e-safety at our school".

Another delegate who attended the seminar in Cambridge, Tim Mace of Queen Anne’s School, described the event as “Very useful and inspiring”.

Education professionals interested in attending the seminar on 10th November can book a place via Impero’s website