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Safeguarding Children in a Digital World

A Model   eSafety Policy 

Name of Organisation: Federation of Inline Speed Skating

Policy Statement 

We recognise that the welfare of all children is paramount and that all children and young people; regardless of ability or culture, have equal rights of protection.  We have a duty of care when  children and young people are in our charge and we will do everything we can to provide a safe and caring environment whilst they attend our activities.

Policy Aim

We promote the highest standard of safeguarding practice in all our activities with children, young people, their families and/or carers.   We will adhere rigorously to this policy in all aspects of our work when anyone in our organisation are accessing any form of  digital or electronic communication including the internet, mobile phones, games, photography, videos.  This policy should be read in conjunction with our Safeguarding Children & Young People and Photography Policies

Lead and Deputy Person for eSafety 

The responsibility of managing eSafety can be both demanding and challenging, and therefore must be appointed at managerial/trustee or committee  level to personnel who are available when we are operational.

Our lead is:

Name: Dawn McCormack

Contact details:07989608312

Our deputy lead is:

Name:David Nicholls

Contact details:01394384704

Their role is to oversee and ensure that our eSafety policy is fully implemented. This includes ensuring they and all staff receive eSafety information and child protection training as appropriate.  The deputy should be available to support or cover for the nominated lead. S/he will also handle any complaints or allegations against the nominated lead if appropriate. This policy will be made available to all adults, children, young people and parents/carers via the FISS website. www.inlinespeed.co.uk.

Why do we need an eSAFETY  policy?

Recent advances of the internet, mobile phones and other electronic technology has made access to information and communication  increasingly  easy for everyone.  It is estimated that 98% of young people can access the internet  away from school and,  in addition to research for homework,   the majority use social networking sites; along with playing  games and downloading music and videos .  Recent CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) research with 6,000 young people aged 11-16 years, demonstrated that  25% had met a new “friend” from the internet for real, 25% of whom had met that person alone, 2% had taken a trusted adult, the remainder had taken a friend of their own age.  Government guidance is clear   that all organisations working with children, young people, families, parents and carers have responsibilities.  It is important to remember that children and young people can also abuse and that such incidents fall into the remit of this policy.

“All agencies providing services to children have a duty to understand eSafety issues, recognising their role in helping children stay safe online while also supporting adults who care for children” Safeguarding Children in a Digital World

OUR Safety Code of Conduct:

We expect everyone in our organisation to agree and sign up to our code of conduct:

I will:

  1. Use the internet and other forms of communication in a sensible and polite way
  2. Only access websites, send messages  or access and use other resources that will not hurt or upset anybody
  3. Seek permission if I want to use personal information or take photographs of other people
  4. Report any concerns to the lead or deputy person for eSafety immediately
  5. Be clear that I cannot maintain confidentiality if there is a concern about the welfare of a child or young person

What are the risks?

There are many potential risks including children and young people including:

  • Accessing age inappropriate or illegal websites
  • Receiving unwanted or upsetting text or e-mail messages or images
  • Being “groomed” by an adult with a view to meeting the child or  young person for their own illegal purposes including sex, drugs, or crime
  • Viewing or receiving socially unacceptable material such as inciting hatred or violence
  • sending bullying messages or posting malicious details about others
  • Ignoring copyright law by downloading music, video or even homework cheat material

What else might BE OF concern ?

A child or young person who:

  • is becoming secretive about where they are going to or who they are meeting
  • will not let you see what they are accessing on-line,
  • using a webcam in a closed area, away from other people
  • accessing the web or using a mobile or PDA (Personal Data Assistant)  for long periods and at all      hours
  • clears the computer history every time they use it
  • receives unexpected money or gifts from people you don’t know

An adult who:

  • befriends a child/ren on the internet or by text messaging
  • has links to children on their Facebook or other social network site; especially if they work in a position of trust  such as a  sports coach or youth worker
  • is secretive about what they are doing and who they are meeting

What do I do if I am concerned?

If you have any concerns  speak to the lead, or deputy person for eSafety immediately. S/he will take the following action/s:

Contacts for referring

If the  concern is  about :

  • a child  being  imminent danger,  always dial 999 for the police.
  • the welfare of a child,  ring the local children’s  social care services.  The number can be found under the “Worried about a child?” button at www.safechild.co.uk , by following your local SCB (Safeguarding Children Board) web link
  • a  known person’s sexual behaviour or intentions, ring the local children’s  social care services
  • a person who has a “duty of care”towards children and young people  in the organisation, ring the local children’s  social care services.  The LADO (Local  Authority Designated Officer) will oversee and advise upon any following  procedures
  • an unknown person’s sexual behaviour or intentions ,  report  at www.ceop.gov.uk (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
  • harmful content, including child sexual abuse images or  incitement to racial hatred content  contact  www.iwf.org.uk
  • viruses,  get advice from www.getnetwise.co.uk
  • mobile problems, contact the  phone service provider

REMEMBER: – 

  1. DO NOT DELAY.
  2. DO NOT INVESTIGATE.
  3. SEEK ADVICE FROM THE  LEAD OR DEPUTY person for esafety
  4. MAKE CAREFUL RECORDING OF ANYTHING YOU OBSERVE OR ARE TOLD

 

Other Useful Contacts

NSPCC  Tel: 0800 800 5000

Young people can get help  and advice at www.childline.org.uk Tel: 08001111

or  www.there4me.com

or  access  advice about concerns including bullying and  hacking visit, or to report concerns  by visiting

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Technical Advice

Contact the  local retailer or go on line to the  phone or software provider

Minimising the  risks:

We will:

  • Talk to children and young people about what they are accessing on line
  • Keep the computer/s in a general space where we  can monitor what is going on
  • Explain the risks of giving out personal details on-line
  • Talk about how people can be anyone they want to be  on-line:  by using misleading e-mails,    photographs of other people, telling lies about their age, school, hobbies
  • Encourage children and young people to think carefully about what photographs or videos they use on line They can be used and tampered with by other people, or they may not be appropriate
  • Advise children and young people to only text, chat or webcam to  people they know for real
  • Talk about how to identify SPAM messages or junk mail and how to delete them.  This also applies to messages from people they do not know, or opening attachments
  • Discuss how people hide their identities on-line and the importance of never meting new on-line “friends” for real
  • Make sure children & young people  understand they can always talk to us or their parents and/or carers  about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable
  • Look on the internet together for information about how to deal with, or report,  problems
  • Talk about how, when information or images get onto the net, they can never be erased or brought back

References:

For more specialist eSafety  references go to http://www.safecic.co.uk/freebies/2-uncategorised/36-reference-links

For eSafety training visit http://www.safecic.co.uk/e-shop/all-categories/product/73-online-esafety-courses/category_pathway-13