Keeping Children Safe in Education

Safeguarding and KCSIE 2016

The demands of keeping children and young people safe in education have grown significantly in the last decade and the Keeping Children Safe in Education guideline (KCSIE), which has been in place since 2014, has been recently amended to reflect recent trends.

Coming into statutory force on 5th September 2016, the new KCSIE guideline puts further emphasis on the need for all education professionals to understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Each school will need to consider and review their safeguarding policies and procedures, particularly with respect to how they protect and maintain duty-of-care amidst the growing online threats to each student’s wellbeing.

Blocking & Filtering is Not Enough

Schools and other education establishments have been predominantly focused on filtering website content and blocking website categories in an attempt to satisfy duty of care requirements around online safety and cyber bullying. However the KCSIE guidance actually warns of the risk of over-blocking leading to “unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding.”

With the enhanced auditing requirements needed to meet KCSIE schools now have to look much deeper into internet and social media traffic to identify potential children at risk.

Appropriate Filtering, Monitoring and Restrictions

Appropriate filtering should control access to inappropriate and harmful content as defined above. In addition, it should be flexible enough to meet the individual needs of each School for College setting and risk assessment. KCSIE defines a minimum requirement for filtering solutions. To comply, providers of content filtering tools/services need to be an IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) member which provides access to the child abuse image content (CAIC) list, as well integrating the home office police assessed list Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) which keeps track of unlawful terrorist content.

Free Consultation

Interested in achieving compliance with KCSIE? Just let us know how we can contact you and one of our Trusted Advisors will be in touch.

Or call us to speak with someone immediately: +44 845 257 5903

We look forward to speaking with you soon.


First Name*

Last Name*

Your Company*



Meet the requirements of KCSIE

Insufficient controls would fail to meet the requirements of Prevent, but there are areas of law which may introduce additional risk and exposure for both school and student through the deployment of intrusive technologies. From the recording and storage of a young person’s most sensitive information to the inherent risks of possessing that type of personal material. The right balance needs to be found between effective detailed monitoring and respecting their privacy and personal life.

Infosec Partners can help you achieve this balance, meeting compliance requirements along with securing the school and safeguarding young people in your care.

The Teacher's Portal

Security Managed:


Proven security expertise.  Trusted by significant organisations worldwide and recognised as a partner of excellence by leading security vendors because of our proven know-how and expertise in cybersecurity.
Optimise budget. Whilst resellers will simply try and sell you another expensive appliance, we'll only identify solutions that you really need and provide justification through risk modelling.
Clear return on security investment. Evaluate the effectivness of your existing and planned solutions, against your investment. Devise a strategy to achieve the security you need at a budget aligned with your risk profile.
We focus on your security. We are technology and vendor agnostic and will always recommend the best solution set to clients. We will transparently explain our recommendations and align with your organisations' needs.
Any device secured. Our engineers are certified and experienced to be able to integrate, secure, optimise and support any security device by any vendor.
Identify your Critical Assets. A Crown Jewel Assessment helps you identify your critical and high-value assets. Are you adequately protecting these assets?
Define your Risk Profile.  A Cybersecurity Risk Assessment identifies the top risks your school faces and establishes how mich risk you woud deem acceptable.
Identify Gaps in your Security.  Are you currently exposed? How easy would it really be for an attacker to break through your defences? Penetration testing pin points the areas that need strengthening.
Meet compliance requirements.  Achieve compliance with the UK Data Protection Act, GDPR, KCSIE, the Prevent Duty, as well as passing inspections by Ofsted and ISI. Achieve certification with PCIDSS, ISO27001, ISO22301 and Cyber Essentials.

Infosec Partners has helped education establishments, from the most prestigious independent schools to the country’s top universities, to successfully develop robust security strategies and manage Safeguarding.

Listening to Heads and Bursars, Teachers, Students and Parents, we designed a portfolio of cybersecurity services specifically for schools. Infosec Partners helps schools understand the new threats facing them and teaches them how to take control of information and security, staying compliant, managing budgets and risks.

Join Our Newsletter:

Copyright © Infosec Partners Group 2004 - 2018. All rights reserved     -     CALL : 0845 257 5903 or +44 (0)1256 893662     -     EMAIL : enquiries@infosecpartners.com

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!