Online Safety

The NEN Safeguarding Group is leading on much of the national online safety advice to schools. Some of our members are part of UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) and regional Prevent teams. SWGfL is a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre which provides a national awareness centre, hotline (IWF) and helpline for professionals.

Additionally, NEN represents the schools community at the Digital Policy Alliance Internet Safety Group as well as having regular contact with DfE, National Crime Agency and the National Cyber Security Centre.

Through our members and their specialist online safety teams, they are providing expert advice, training and support to schools in their region and nationally. The list below highlights some of key services or sites that might be of interest. Links are shown in red.


  • The UK Safer Internet Centre is co-ordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations: SWGfL, Childnet International and the IWF. It’s co-funded by the European Commission and has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline.
  • Awareness Centre provides the latest tips, advice and resources to keep children and young people, safe online
  • UKSIC’s hotline for reporting online abuse and harmful content. Please report anonymously and confidentially via the National Reporting hub for Harmful Content
  • The Professionals Online Safety Helpline offers to help all members of the community working with or for children in the UK, with any online safety issues they, or children and young people in their care, may face. So if you work with children and young people, we’re here to help you.


Also the UK Safer Internet Centre offers Online Safety Live which is a programme of FREE e-safety events designed exclusively for professionals working with children and young people. To find out more information on how you can attend or host one of these events go to their website here or visit our events section.


Additionally, SWGfL has developed and deliver 360degree safe, a free online safety self review tool for schools. Every year, the data collected through the tool is analysed to see the common trends. Here is a snapshot from 2020


London Grid for Learning provides a wide variety of resources covering all aspects of of safeguarding. Through their resource centre you can search through reports, polices and research as well as find information on parental engagement, counter extremism, serious youth violence, fake news and body image. They also hold an annual safeguarding conference, details of which can be found in our ‘events’ section.


Through Kent County Council (part of SEGfL), Kelsi is the Kent Online Safety guidance for education settings. They collate Kent resources, as well as national guidance to enable leaders, managers, proprietors and Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) within education settings develop and implement a whole setting approach towards online safety and fulfil their statutory safeguarding obligations.


Lancashire Safeguarding Boards work with partners across the North West region on a variety of safeguarding areas, providing online safety advice, guidance and resources to schools, parents and other organisations on a wide variety of online topics, including the highly-popular website.


All members of NEN or their selected broadband suppliers sign up to the URL user list with the Internet Watch Foundation, ensuring the very latest protection against harmful content.