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22 Jul 2016

Smoothwall bring their eSafety Masterclass Roadshow to Scotland

All children have the right to be protected. They have the right to be safe, to be seen AND heard, to receive the right adequate care within any environment they find themselves in.

A family is normally the first line of protection for children but when it comes to education, schools hold the responsibility for building a safe environment for children to grow and learn in. 

With many children subjected to issues such as abuse, violence, bullying, neglect and exploitation everyday, it’s time to take action and show how we can support schools to provide the right protection and support to students and staff of all ages.

With this in mind, Smoothwall are proud to announce that we are bringing our eSafety Masterclass Roadshow to Scotland, with an aim at demystifying e-Safety and Government Legislation, and as a result further educating school leaders on how they can comply with the requirements outlined within the Prevent Duty Guidance for Scotland.

The event will be held on 7th September at the Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU.

The Prevent Duty Guidance for Scotland that was originally issued in March 2015 and recently revised on the 16th July 2016 is for specified Scottish authorities and outlines the ‘duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.

This includes the need for robust procedures to be in place for sharing information about vulnerable individuals (where appropriate) and a link to these and existing safeguarding good practice.

As well as Radicalisation, schools need to be aware of other underlying dangers which may be occurring amongst their students. For example reports suggest Paedophilia is a growing concern in Scotland with MORE than one paedophile arrested for child exploitation everyday. 

In the East division of the country alone - Fife, Forth Valley, Edinburgh and Lothian and Scottish borders - a staggering 6.14million indecent images have been categorised in the past 5 years.

These figures show indefinite cause for concern and propose that more and more children are successfully being coerced into either exposing themselves behind the camera, or are perhaps even meeting their groomers in person to undertake such activities.

In light of these shocking statistics it is more important than ever that we have a clear understanding of how students are using the internet and ensure the most appropriate solutions are in place to do so.

How we can help

Smoothwall is the market leader for web filtering in the UK.

Our new Safeguarding Suite feature provides an Alerts-Based Reporting Mechanism which notifies school safeguarding teams when students are engaged in risky or dangerous online behaviour.

The reports are  designed to facilitate the effective provisioning of safeguarding in school environments, and address legal mandates set out by the UK Government.Smoothwall are also proud members of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

Established in 1996, the IWF work internationally at removing child sexual abuse images and videos hosted online both in the UK and around the world, to make the internet a safer place.

For more information on how we can help you with your growing online obligations and to sign up to our Edinburgh eSafety Masterclass, please visit our website.

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