The Welsh Government guidance documents below are relevant to practitioners and professionals working with children and young people in an education or childcare setting. They aim to support the development and review of online safety policies and procedures as an integral part of everyday safeguarding practice. General online safety information and advice is available as well as support with specific issues.
The action plan, which is updated annually, outlines our commitments for keeping children and young people safe online and provides details of the progress the Welsh Government is making against each strategic action within our plan, including what has been delivered to date.
Online safety: Five key questions for governing bodies to help challenge their schools and colleges to effectively safeguard their learners
This guidance outlines what governors should look for when reviewing the school/college’s online safety policies and procedures and support available.
See also the How we use technology safely poster, which is intended to be displayed at early years provisions.
This guidance outlines key considerations for safe practice when live-streaming if required to support remote learning.
This guidance aims to support schools, colleges and other educational settings in developing procedures to respond to incidents of nude image sharing.
This guide has been created in response to new and difficult challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. It sets out information for practitioners on identifying abuse, reporting abuse and supporting disclosure by children and young people.
This statutory safeguarding in education guidance provides information for local authorities and governing bodies on their duties and advice on arrangements that should be in place to safeguard children. Section 7 specifically relates to keeping learners safe and secure online.
This suite of guidance provides statutory guidance for both governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities to help address and prevent bullying in education settings in Wales. The suite also includes advisory guidance for children, young people and their parents/carers to help those affected by bullying, outlining rights and responsibilities.
These practice guides and support should be used in conjunction with the Wales Safeguarding Procedures.
Safeguarding children from Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE): this includes abuse related to County Lines and other forms of criminal exploitation.
Safeguarding children from child neglect: this includes information about the different forms of child neglect and ways in which these might be hidden.
Safeguarding children from Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): this includes information about spotting the signs that a child is being sexually abused through exploitation.
Safeguarding children affected by domestic abuse: this includes information about harm to children, the need to support non-abusing parents, child/adolescent on parent violence and abuse and peer relationship abuse.
Safeguarding children from harmful practices related to tradition, culture, religion or superstition: this includes Honour Based Abuse such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage for children (up to 18) and child abuse linked to faith or belief.
Safeguarding children where there are concerns about Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB): this includes information about how to understand what constitutes harmful sexual behaviour in children, including online harmful sexual behaviour.
Safeguarding children who go missing from home or care: this includes information about how to decide if a child should be reported as missing and how to respond.
Safeguarding children from online abuse: this includes information on online grooming, online sexual abuse, online harmful sexual behaviour and online radicalisation.
Safeguarding children who may be trafficked: this includes information about the different reasons why children might be trafficked and specific reporting duties and support related to this form of abuse.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children: guidance for professionals, which includes advice on placement, healthcare, education, language support and the asylum process.