Internet Watch Foundation

Smoothwall have a long-standing partnership with the IWF that is built on a mutual vision of keeping children safe online. The important work done by the IWF helps Smoothwall to create digital safety solutions that are designed to keep harmful images away from young or vulnerable adults.

The CAIC list of domains and URLs is an integral part of Smoothwall Filter. We also use a number of search terms and phrases provided by the IWF, and perform daily self-certification tests to ensure the IWF content is always blocked through a Smoothwall. We will continue to support the work of the IWF with our commitment to block and report child sexual abuse imagery and make the internet a safer place for children. For more information, visit their website.

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The UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three organisations, Childnet, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, working together to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people. The partnership provides online safety tips, advice and resources for individuals, parents and teachers, to help children and young people stay safe online.

As part of their work to support schools, the UK Safer Internet Centre displays checklists detailing how each vendor meets the UK’s legislative requirements for filtering and monitoring. Smoothwall’s team of experts have carefully reviewed the filtering and monitoring statements provided by UK Safer Internet Centre and have outlined how our solutions comply with legislation. These documents can be accessed here.

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Google Partner for Education

Smoothwall is a certified Google Partner. Our partnership enables us to develop and innovate in the field of digital safety by leveraging our solutions across the Google for Education suite, its 90 million G-Suite users and 30 million students using Chromebooks.

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Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

COBIS is a membership association of British International Schools existing to serve, support and represent its 500 plus member schools – their leaders, governors, staff and students.

The fundamental aim of COBIS is to represent their members’ interests in Britain and overseas, particularly with Government, education authorities and educational associations in order to advance the interests of British schools overseas and the commercial organisations which export education resources, products and services.

Founded over 30 years ago, the Association is managed by an elected Board consisting of Headteachers and Governors from member schools worldwide. Smoothwall are proud to be supporting members.

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Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA)

Anti-Bullying Alliance is a unique coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to achieve their shared vision: to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

Smoothwall are proud associate members of the ABA. We fully support their objectives to raise the profile of bullying and make sure that teachers, youth practitioners, parents, carers, children and young people have the skills and knowledge to address bullying effectively.

For more information and to become a member, visit their website.

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Education Support

Smoothwall are proud partners of Education Support, the only UK charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities.

Established since 1877 today they support anyone working within a school, further or higher education environment with employee assistance, workplace surveys, leadership development and a dedicated mental health helpline staffed by trained councillors.

They also provide financial information and hardship grants.

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The Key Support Services

The Key Support provides up-to-the-minute sector intelligence and resources that empower education leaders with the knowledge to act.

Their team of experts, writers, researchers and technologists are deeply committed to serving the needs and championing the perspective of education leaders across the country. They provide practical content and create products and services that enable leaders to take meaningful action every day.

Their vision is to be an indispensable partner to education leaders determined to make a difference. For more information, please visit their website.

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Smoothwall are long term supporters of Edugeek. British-based, EduGeek is the world’s largest online community dealing solely with issues concerning the technical aspects of educational IT. The platform, made up of forums, discusses everything from hardware, to digital safety to school IT policies and procurement. Since its inception in 2005 membership has grown to 100,000 and comprises network managers, technicians, teachers, heads of LEAs, senior directors all of whom benefit from free, impartial expertise and advice.

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National Online Safety

National Online Safety is an independent online safety training provider founded by three fathers on a mission to keep children safe online. By developing engaging online safety training and resources for the whole school community, their aim is to educate and empower trusted adults with the information they need to engage in meaningful dialogue between children and young people about the online world, their online activities and the ever-evolving risks that they are exposed to.

They focus on both general online safety risks and platform specific risks to provide adults with easy to follow information which enables conversations between adults and children.

Smoothwall is proud to partner with National Online Safety to provide our e-safety training.

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National Association of Designated Safeguarding Leads

NADSL recognises the crucial work of designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) and other designated safeguarding officer roles. It brings together, in one place, all that is needed to increase specialist knowledge, develop new skills, share good practice, receive support and broaden experience.

Smoothwall have been proud partners of NADSL since their inception with a specific focus on chairing their Safeguarding Technology special interest group. We share and actively promote their belief that ‘safeguarding together’ is a vital step towards nationally acknowledging the vital role DSLs play in keeping people safe.

Smoothwall Independent Advisory Board (IAB)

Our IAB was launched in 2019 with the purpose of informing and guiding Smoothwall policy and practices as a business operating within UK education.

It is comprised of nationally influential figures from across the education spectrum, including Ofsted, Microsoft, transformational MAT and School leaders, governors, as well as activists from the Headteachers roundtable – a non-party political headteachers’ group operating as a think-tank for exploring education policy issues.

Our IAB meets quarterly.


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