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Working together to safeguard children and young people
Close collaboration between those responsible for a young person is vital to ensure their safety isn’t compromised. eSafe monitoring data gives the very early visibility of a young person at risk and that’s why we partner with police forces, schools, colleges and local authorities across the country.
Triaging the data gathered in the course of our vital monitoring work, with data from others sources, empowers safeguarding teams and supports them with their responsibility for keeping children and young people safe from harm.
eSafe works with local authorities across the country on a range of projects, including:
1. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in care, including the recipients of the 'Get Help with Technology' programme from the Department for Education.
2. Identifying safeguarding trends and patterns of behaviour.
3. Delivering CPD accredited digital safety training.
Read more about each of these projects below.
If you’d like to know more about the technical side of our service, please click here.
We’ve been working with eSafe for years now and the service they provide to both us as an authority and the schools we work with is excellent. The partnership we have developed gives us the confidence that we're doing everything we can to identify the early warning signs of those students and staff in our schools whose safety, welfare or wellbeing may be at risk.
1. Helping to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in care
Devices issued to children and young people in care, including those distributed as part of the 'Get Help with Technology' programme from the Department for Education, are typically installed with filtering software that prevents access to specified sites deemed to be inappropriate - but won’t be monitored. Yet, monitoring is vital for spotting the early warning signs of a young person at risk from the range of potential safeguarding issues, especially the more vulnerable children and young people in care who are statistically more likely to be targeted by sexual predators, go missing and be drawn into county lines than other cohorts.
As such, we partner with a number of local authorities to monitor the digital behaviour of the children and young people in their care and escalate the early warning signs of safeguarding risks, including mental health issues, cyber bullying, CSE and drug abuse. In this way we help children and young people in care stay safe, and support local authorities with the fulfilment of their LSCB objectives. Arrange a call back to discuss how eSafe can enhance your safeguarding provision.
The impact of children and young people spending more time alone, on their devices and online, during the COVID-19 pandemic, is increased exposure to an array of safeguarding risks. Read our latest analysis here.
2. Identifying safeguarding trends and behaviour patterns
By monitoring the digital behaviour of a representative sample of users across different schools within your local authority region, over a trial period of 4 weeks, eSafe gains valuable insights into the patterns, trends and overall ‘health’ of the children and young people in the area. Data can be compared and contrasted. e.g. by region, by education level (e.g. primary vs secondary), to give richer insight into the trending behaviours and safeguarding risks across the authority.
These insights facilitate tailored pastoral care and intervention planning to address the underlying issues and improve the overall ‘health’ of schools in the authority.
When schools opt to roll-out eSafe, the service is designed to give schools ongoing visibility of those students whose safety, welfare or wellbeing is potentially compromised, so they can put in place early help and support. Get in touch to find out more.
3. Delivering CPD accredited digital safety training
Following an initial safeguarding audit, our digital safeguarding experts initially help pinpoint the areas where training and development is needed, then devise a safeguarding training programme to specifically address these needs: upskilling, sharing best practice approaches and informing about the relevant safeguarding trends. Training is tailored for the different audiences that may need support and advice – from leadership teams, DSLs and teaching staff in schools, to parents and carers, as well as the students themselves. Get in touch to find out more about our CPD certificated digital safeguarding sessions.
"eSafe has delivered online safety and digital safeguarding training sessions to the DSLs in our schools in Salford. These sessions are run at regular intervals for the DSLs, to keep them up-to-date and abreast of online trends. The sessions deliver bespoke, tailored and localised content relevant to our schools and context. Each session has received excellent feedback."