Safeguarding Children in the Context of their Access to Technology and Use of Social Media
The CHSCB’s overarching aim is to ensure that children and young people are seen, heard and helped. Critically, that they are seen, heard and helped in the context of their lives in both the offline and online places and spaces that they occupy.
With the growing use of technology and social media, all professionals need to adopt a much more sophisticated approach to their safeguarding responsibilities. They need to reflect on the changing nature of communication and how this impacts on practice issues, particularly those focused on the identification and assessment of potential risk. To do this successfully, professionals need to recognize that children and young people do not use technology and social media in isolation. Their offline and online worlds are converged and both need to be understood when trying to identify the type of support that a child, young person and their family might need. The importance of this escalates whenever there are concerns about children and young people suffering or being likely to suffer significant harm. In such circumstances, it is essential that both the offline and online risks are accurately assessed and effectively mitigated.
CHSCB have developed a range of documentation to support professionals in safeguarding children in the context of their access to technology and their use of Social Media as follows:
Strategy– sets out the CHSCB’s ambition to ensure that children and young people are effectively safeguarded in the context of their access to technology and use of social media.
Handbook– provides safeguarding professionals with a range of tools that can help identify and mitigate any risks arising from a child or young person’s access to technology and/ or use of social media.
Appropriate Use Policy– outlines the CHSCB’s minimum standards regarding the responsibilities of all staff and partners when using social media in a personal capacity.
Authorised Use Policy – authorised safeguarding partners are required to comply with this Policy when using CHSCB Social Media accounts.