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Sexting: advice for schools and colleges from the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS)

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Advice on responding to incidents of 'sexting' is available from the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS). 

Aimed at designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, head teachers and senior leadership teams in schools and educational establishments in England, the advice aims to support schools in tackling the range of issues which these incidents present including:

  • Responding to disclosures
  • Handling devices and imagery
  • Risk assessing situations
    • Involving other agencies, including escalation to the police and children's social care
  • Recording incidents
  • Involving parents
  • Preventative education 
You can access this advice here.

This advice is non-statutory and should be read alongside the Department for Education's Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance and non-statutory Searching, Screening and Confiscation advice for schools.
There is also a brief one page summary document which has been designed for all teaching and non – teaching staff in schools and colleges. It provides an overview to front line staff on how to respond initially to incidences involving 'sexting. You can access this here.
First published 10 January 2019