Safeguarding Guidance

Keeping Children Safe during Covid

As the 2020/1 academic year begins, further school and bubble closures are expected, as well as individual periods of isolation or quarantine. That's why we are maintaining this page of guidance and support related to remote learning to support DSLs, all staff, parents & pupils.

For updates on this and our regular work, follow @LGfLDigiSafe on Twitter and Facebook or sign up to our newsletter. Any questions? You can email, too.

For parents:

ADVICE FLYER FOR PARENTS: share our fridge-friendly A4 poster of top tips for parents to keep their children safe online during home learning (or in fact any holiday time or evenings or weekends too). Here's a short video explainer of the top tips too.

ONLINE TUTORS - KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE: This flyer is to help parents with safeguarding tips when their children have extra tuition, which is much more likely during Covid, whether privately, via the school or the government National Tutoring Programme.

ONLINE CHALLENGES: check out our blog, video and poster to help you know how to handle warnings you may be asked to share with parents about challenges/dares/scares online at scare.lgfl.net

Plus don't forget the DfE page "What parents need to know about [...] schools during [...] coronavirus..." which is worth sharing with parents as a go-to page for government updates.

For staff - remote tech and RSHE ideas:

Share this high-res infographic with all staff (not just SLT), whichever technology you are using for home learning (it says livestreaming, but nearly all points are relevant for all technologies).

NEW: Online safety has a new home in the new RSHE curriculum (66 mentions!). As RSHE becomes statutory, why not use this quiz to assess pupils and promote helpful class discussions.

FOR PUPILS: the 14 weeks' worth of daily online-safety worksheets we published in the summer term are still useful now in times of closures, isolation or quarantine. Download all 70 from digisafedaily.lgfl.net

For safeguarding leads and SLT:

Two key DfE documents cover all the information previously in standalone Covid Safeguarding guidance: KCSIE 2020 and 'Guidance for full opening: schools' / 'Actions for early years and childcare providers').

If you haven't reviewed all your policies to reflect KCSIE changes, remote learning and related tech etc, use our policy templates to help you with your online safety policy and AUPs. Visit safepolicies.lgfl.net and remind staff & students about rules and expectations.

Safe live lessons, video lessons and any online teacher-student interaction

Safeguarding considerations for lesson livestreaming.pdf

👈 Why not use these slides in your September inset to talk through the safeguarding considerations to remember with all staff - get them to think about WHY each point is important.


The points are the same as on the poster to display in the staffroom and share with staff 👉

It's all a BLUR!

From September 2020, not only MS Teams and Zoom but now also Google Meet will allow you to blur backgrounds or display a different background (school logo or picture of the classroom for staff?). Insist that staff and students use this to avoid displaying personal or inappropriate information or objects (e.g. beds and bedding when the bedroom is the only place to work).

Most importantly this can avoid embarrassment or even disciplinaries when other members of the house come into the room in their pants (that is neither theoretical nor a joke!).

For any platform, remember:

  1. Review, revise and remind everyone about policies and AUPs regarding appropriate behaviour as above.

  2. Follow the guidance in the infographic above and remember to blur/replace backgrounds and keep a log of events and issues.

  3. Test what student accounts can do - have you ticked the right box to let teachers stream but not students (they don't need to stream in order to watch a stream)? Can they start or join meetings without you? You must double check.

  4. Don't forget security, too.

  5. We can set up G Suite or Office 365 accounts for LGfL schools (linked to your USO accounts if you use them). Your NC can request this via support.lgfl.net.

Platform-specific:

  • YouTube - remember teachers should never use personal channels/accounts, but only those linked to a school's G Suite. But in any case, Google Meet is a better solution for live lessons, assemblies or meetings (not only because the age limit for is 13 but also for functionality).

  • Google Meet within G Suite - there are many settings in G Suite to help you use Meet safely, e.g. disable chat, choose between a video meeting and a stream, let teachers only start a Meet or stream and students can only join the, audit staff-pupil contacts and many more essential safeguards. NB - to stop students rejoining a Meet without the teacher there, you must start it from meet.google.com AND give it a name (not via calendar which is the only place to schedule a stream). Even better, there are now Google Classroom-linked Meet rooms which are your best option to make sure only students in the relevant class can join a Meet and only when a teacher has started it. And it's even the same link each time, displayed at the top of the stream. Even if you don't plan to use Classroom it might be worth setting it up just for this.

  • Microsoft Teams within Office 365 - This Microsoft page includes a really helpful list of recommended safe settings. NB - to stop students rejoining a Teams call without the teacher there, you must click End Meeting, not the classic 'hang up' button.

  • Zoom - make the most of the tools your school already has and only use accounts set up by school admins. If you consider Zoom, please use the paid education version, not a free account, for the ability to safely audit staff and student meeting behaviour, record or disable chat, and other essential safeguarding settings. Here are some Zoom settings pages: security / keep uninvited guests out / securing your classroom / GDPR.

Not worrying children

Even after all these months of Covid, it is important children can talk about their concerns and do not bottle up their fears as they see change and worry around them, so don’t pretend nothing is happening:

And finally...

Make the most of resources from LGfL DigiSafe and the other great organisations around the UK to help keep children safe:

  • Our signposting portal at saferesources.lgfl.net can be filtered by theme, key stage and more.

  • Parentsafe.lgfl.net is our section with items for schools to share with parents (don't share the link as it will be overwhelming, but items from it).

  • Join us for handy hints and resources on social media every day (we are @LGfLDigiSafe on Twitter and Facebook) for you, your colleagues, students and parents.

  • And if you don't already, subscribe to our newsletter, too.