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Cyber Prevent - Free Resource
12 Dec
CYBER PREVENT - FREE RESOURCE Dear All, As I discussed at the recent Secondary and Primary Head meeting – there is support via the police for Cyber Prevent. Below is an overview and summary and attached is the referral form to access the service. If you do want further information I have CC Aimee Payne (Cyber Protect and Prevent Officer) in to the email for future contact. Aimee is also establishing links with local Medway libraries in the hope that sessions will be available – when I have further information I will again share this with you. The Cyber Prevent remit is to deter young people, particularly those with an interest, talent or curiosity in computers, coding, gaming and cyber related disciplines, from finding themselves in a position where unknowingly or otherwise they have broken the law. It aims to do so in environments where young people are learning or exercising cyber related skills by; • raising awareness of offences covered by the Computer Misuse Act 1990 • informing of the potential consequences of offending • providing early intervention and positive diversions for those on the cusp of committing cyber dependent offences, be that via police investigations or referral by others, including; o promoting environments where such skills can be exercised legitimately o raising awareness of the wealth of opportunities in the information security and other relevant sectors. The remit includes engagement with schools, colleges, universities, code clubs and similar, providing advice, resources and a referral route to identify people who are on the cusp of committing cyber crime offences. Where offences have taken place, the Cyber Prevent remit seeks to prevent further offending, aiming to work with partners including, youth justice teams, probation services and private industry, to provide positive interventions which will aim to redirect cyber skills and ability into legal and constructive pathways. Most importantly, we provide a referral route for schools and others where they have concerns about an individual’s cyber / on-line activities or someone who may be, for example, accessing parts of the school network or using user account credentials for which they don’t have consent. Please see attached referral form. Below are some online resources; The National Crime Agency web site page covers the core Cyber Prevent remit/ message; http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/crime-threats/cyber-crime/cyber-crime-preventing-young-people-from-getting-involved Other resources are available from that page, including; Computer Misuse Act information leaflet Digital Defenders Booklet CREST/NCA – Identify, Intervene, Inspire report A series of #cyberchoices videos can be launched from that page, or can also be found at the NCA’s YouTube channel in the #cyberchoices section, or from this playlist . They include a parental awareness video, plus previously convicted hackers Ryan and Solomon, and Cyber Security Challenge finalist James reflecting on their respective choices. In addition our colleagues in South Wales have recently produced this video. Resources that we would point young people to in the first instance include; *Cyber First and the courses available through the scheme aimed at 11- 17 year olds, a girls’ competition, Degree Apprenticeship and University Bursary schemes. * Cyber Discovery is HM Govt’s Cyber Schools programme for students in Years 10-13. *Cyber Security Challenge is a series of national competitions, learning programmes, and networking initiatives designed to identify, inspire and enable more people to become cyber security professionals. *It includes Cyber Centurion, a national cyber defence competition for 12-18 year olds aimed at school and youth group teams. Many Thanks Stephanie Ponter | Senior LADO and Education Safeguarding Manager | LADO Service | Level 5 Gun Wharf | Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR | Direct Dial: 01634 331 307 or Admin: 01634331065 PLEASE NOTE: Working days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are always keen to receive feedback regarding our service, please follow this link LADO Service Feedback Form to share your experience.
MARAC CHANGES FROM 10th JAN 2019 – DSL FROM SCHOOL TO ATTEND
12 Dec
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – MARAC CHANGES FROM 10th JAN 2019 – DSL FROM SCHOOL TO ATTEND As you are all aware domestic abuse is an ongoing child protection issue in Medway (and nationally). The most high risk cases are discussed at a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC). A MARAC is a meeting where information is shared regarding the highest risk domestic abuse cases between representatives of local police, health, schools, child protection, housing practitioners, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs), probation and other specialists from the statutory and voluntary sectors. After sharing all relevant information they have about a victim/ family, the representatives discuss options for increasing the safety of the victim and turn these into a co-ordinated action plan. MARAC is held weekly (Thursday) in Medway (at Medway Police Station) from 9.30am to review cases that are considered high risk domestic abuse incidents. In Medway, the current arrangement is that the Education Safeguarding Officer attends as the school’s representative. In review of the above and drawing a parallel to other local authorities, attendance would be better placed with the school in which the child attends. A Designated Safeguarding Lead attending will have a better understanding of the children, family and possibly information around the victim and perpetrator. The Education Safeguarding Officer is only able to share the information given prior to the meeting and cannot contribute anything further and this would be overcome with school attendance. In speaking with the MARAC Coordinator, we have agreed that school cases can be heard at the beginning of the meeting (which starts at 9.30am), therefore minimising the amount of time needed away from school. The above form can be completed in readiness for the meeting, and it is acknowledged that the last box is likely to be the one most relevant to schools. I would ask that comment is made regarding attendance, attainment, child’s behaviour, concerns about the child, victim and perpetrator (if known), any support currently being offered and any other relevant information. Please be aware that when you do attend, your child/ family may not be the first school heard and therefore any information discussed is in the strictest confidence and a confidentiality statement is read at the beginning of every meeting for representatives to sign. You should only receive the minutes relevant to your case. However as a ‘school community’ you may be able to contribute ideas for other schools/ professionals to use even if the case is not yours, which I would encourage if you have had a positive working strategy when managing issues of domestic abuse. If the DSL is unable to attend, then at a minimum the above will need to be sent. The MARAC coordinator will contact the school (via email) requesting relevant information and giving details regarding the meeting and attendance time. The police cannot receive egress emails and therefore Schools and Police will need to ensure that documents are password protected to avoid any issues with data. If as a school you have any concerns regarding attendance or process you are welcome to contact me or the MARAC coordinator - marac.medway@kent.pnn.police.uk This process will begin as of 10th January 2019. Many Thanks Stephanie Ponter | Senior LADO and Education Safeguarding Manager | LADO Service | Level 5 Gun Wharf | Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR | Direct Dial: 01634 331 307 or Admin: 01634331065 PLEASE NOTE: Working days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Free school meals eligibility checking system - transitional protection
11 Dec
FAO: Schools that have brought into the Medway Council free school meals eligibility checking system Following the introduction of universal credit benefits in April 2018, there have been some changes with the way that free school meals data is administered on the Medway online free school meals (ofsm) eligibility checking service. Schools should continue to use the ofsm to check new applications for fsm eligibility in the usual way. Schools also need to add any new pupils that have arrived from out of area to the ofsm system. For any out of area applicants where the child was deemed eligible at their previous school but does not show eligible on the Medway ofsm when the new application is made, schools will need to email the child’s reference number on the ofsm system to: ofsm@medway.gov.uk so that the application can be made eligible by the Local Authority. A note will be put on the application to say that the application is now eligible due to transitional protection and that this has been checked by the school. It should be explained to these parents that they are not re-applying for free school meals, but that they need to do the application to ensure they are on the Medway fsm system with the correct details – address, telephone number, email address etc. Queries regarding the free school meals eligibility checking system process should be emailed to ofsm@medway.gov.uk