e-Safety remains an area of importance in FE and HE today.  Institutions have both legal and statutory duties to safeguard the welfare of all learners when making use of ICT.  There are a variety of legal issues to consider within the e-safety context, including; cyberbullying, harassment, defamation, hosting liability and data protection.  Safeguarding also forms an influential part of the inspection process.  Recent changes to Ofsted's Inspection Framework in England, mean that safeguarding is no longer a limiting grade for colleges, however, it is still part of the overall judgement and grade for leadership and management.  View our e-safety guidance and resources for further information. 

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Compulsory Disclosure of Minor Spent Convictions Breaches Human Rights, Rules Supreme Court

The UK's highest appellate court found that forced disclosure of all spent convictions, including cautions, under the Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate breaches Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Tweets Result in Jail Sentence

The posting of abusive tweets has resulted in an eight week jail sentence and a criminal record.

Keeping Young Learners Safe in Education - Guidance

All school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which people can learn.

Master Social Media - New Checklist and Top Tips

As part of our ongoing commitment to the use of social media within the sector we can confirm that our Social Media for Staff Legal Guidance and Social Media Guidance documents are now published and available from our website.  

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