Colleges and learning providers have always had a duty of care for their learners at the heart of their policies and practice and that duty of care extends to the safe use of technology. Organisations have a key role in helping learners to develop the skills they need to keep themselves safe, secure and behave appropriately when using technology for learning, leisure and work.
Becta have published new advice on what leaders and staff in the FE and Skills sector need to be thinking about when considering the issue of safeguarding learners who use technology in their organisation, in the workplace, in the home and beyond.
The advice and guidance considers safeguarding in the context of the Common Inspection Framework as well as the responsibilities enshrined in the 2002 Education Act, The 2004 Children Act and subsequent legislation including the green paper Every Child Matters.
Harnessing Technology, Safeguarding Further Education and Skills Learners in a Digital World is available for download here:
In December, Becta will be publishing guidance on its website for FE and skills which will include checklists for leaders, curriculum managers and teachers, learners and technical staff.