Online filtering - Counter Terrorist Internet Referral Unit

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31 Jan 2019

Schools are asked to complete a short survey - see download below - in relation to online filtering tools used within your school, to ensure that your school recieves a list of websites to be aware of.

Please complete the survey by 11 February 2019 and return to Anisa Syed - contact details below.

Background - Prevent duty guidance

In 2015 the Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales and the Prevent Duty Guidance for Scotland was published and made clear that, to comply with the Duty, specific authorities should ensure that publicly-owned venues and resources do not provide a platform for extremists and are not used to disseminate extremist views. This includes considering whether IT equipment available to the general public should use filtering solutions that limit access to terrorist and extremist material.

The Guidance specifies that schools are expected to ensure children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet in school, including by establishing appropriate levels of filtering to limit access to terrorist and extremist material.

In addition to this, the Department for Education’s ‘Keeping Children Safe’ guidance published in September 2016 obligates schools to ensure appropriate filtering and monitoring systems are in place to safeguard children against a range of online harms.

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Last updated: 31 Jan 2019

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