Further Education

For Further & Higher Education

Information and learning technology use and protection

eSafe delivers a unique safeguarding service to eliminate the operational burden and increasing legal risk for Further and Higher Education establishments involved in monitoring behaviour of students and staff.

Effective safeguarding strategy requires accurate early warning of behaviour and eSafe combines innovative technology with the expert eye of our specialist forensic examiners to provide colleges with timely visibility of safeguarding risk. Developing trends can be addressed quickly, and procedures refined to prevent new threats becoming embedded

The unique approach of the eSafe service allows students and staff to exploit the benefits of on-line and off-line technology in a safe environment, while promoting the skills necessary for responsible and safe behaviour.

Multicultural safeguarding

The multicultural nature of the UK is reflected at all levels of education and as more students from differing backgrounds enter colleges and universities the need to identify safeguarding risk and inappropriate behaviour at ethnic and cultural level is increased.

Technology offers people a vehicle to both promote and conduct inappropriate or illegal behaviour in any language which may be more convenient, perceived to be more secure, and when translated may be meaningless in English.

eSafe monitors for behaviour markers in core languages, including script or character based languages, and importantly uses culturally specific markers and multilingual reviewers to detect activity and material that may represent serious safeguarding risk. To combat serious threats posed by radicalisation, organised gangs, bullying, illegal activity, abuse or self harm, etc it is essential to be well informed. eSafe ensures visibility of such behaviour, irrespective of the core language and cultural terms used.

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The college has found eSafe System to be a major improvement on the previous application that was used for this purpose which relied on a member of staff checking it on a regular basis. The number of “false positives” have been dramatically reduced and the college is now able to provide assistance to those students who may require it in a more timely manner.

Director of IT, Havering 6th Form College

Testimonials

Bolton 6th Form College

Sandra McManus - Vice Principal

We could never go back to trying to do it ourselves with traditional software monitoring: we simply couldn’t review the large volume of incidents that came through as well as eSafe do.  Even if I did dedicate a member of staff to reviewing incidents full time, they wouldn’t have the expertise in the range of behaviours, or the language skills needed, for picking up markers of threats on IT equipment that’s accessed by our multi-lingual student population.  I feel a lot more secure with eSafe in place.

Manchester Creative Media & Arts Academy

Liza Carr - Vice Principal

For users, the single biggest benefit since the introduction of eSafe has been that we have been able to open up our systems and not be so restrictive or proscribed. It has also allowed us to see a policy in practice, with eSafe providing the evidence to show that the policies are being followed and that they are effective, confirmed by a recent comment from a pupil to an Ofsted inspector that they genuinely felt safer than before the Forensic Monitoring Service was deployed.

Havering College

Lorri Garnell - Safeguarding, Prevent & Operations Officer

I have found eSafe very efficient when identifying students who may be feeling vulnerable but have not voiced it to any staff members. eSafe alerts the college to students revealing early warning signs of depression, anxiety, suicide risk etc. We can quickly follow up to determine if they need support within the college or wish to be referred to an external support service.