Online Safety Policy Statement

This policy should be read alongside Your Tuition Solutions policies and procedures on child protection and safeguarding. More information about safeguarding and child protection can be found at learning.nspcc.org.uk/key-topics/safeguarding-and-child-protection. 

 

The purpose of this policy statement 

The Autumn Exams Initiative was established to provide free tutoring to A-level and GCSE students that may have been  disadvantaged by their results during results day 2020 and may wish to use the Autumn exam series as an opportunity to get the grades they deserve and are capable of attaining.

We have connected with university students willing to volunteer their time to help students who are preparing for the Autumn exams and cannot afford private tutoring in these, financial trying times.

 

The purpose of this policy statement is to: 

∙ ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is paramount when adults, young people or children are using the internet, social media or mobile devices 

∙ provide volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to online safety 

∙ ensure that, as an organisation, we operate in line with our values and within the law in terms of how we use online devices. 

 

The policy statement applies to all volunteers, children and young people and anyone involved in Your Tuition Solutions’ activities. 

 

Legal framework 

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in the United Kingdom. Summaries of the key legislation and guidance are available on: 

∙ online abuse learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-abuse-and-neglect/online-abuse 

∙ bullying learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-abuse-and-neglect/bullying 

∙ child protection learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-protection-system 


 

We believe that: 

  • children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind 

  • children should be able to use the internet for education and personal development, but safeguards need to be in place to ensure they are kept safe at all times. 

We recognise that: 

  •  The online world provides everyone with many opportunities; however, it can also present risks and challenges 

  •  We have a duty to ensure that all children, young people and adults involved in our organisation are protected from potential harm online 

  • We have a responsibility to help keep children and young people safe online, 

  • whether or not they are using Your Tuition Solutions’ online platform

  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse 

  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare and in helping young people to be responsible in their approach to online safety. 

 

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by: 

  • Providing clear and specific directions to volunteers on how to behave online through our behaviour code for adults 

  • Supporting and encouraging the young people using our service to use the internet, social media and mobile phones in a way that keeps them safe and shows respect for others 

  • Supporting and encouraging parents and carers to do what they can to keep their children safe online 

  • Developing an online safety agreement for use with young people and their parents/carers 

  • Developing clear and robust procedures to enable us to respond appropriately to any incidents of inappropriate online behaviour, whether by an adult or a child/young person 

  • Reviewing and updating the security of our information systems regularly 

  • Ensuring that usernames and email accounts are used effectively 

  • Ensuring personal information about the adults and children who are involved in our organisation is held securely and shared only as appropriate 

  • Ensuring that images of children, young people and families are used only after their written permission has been obtained, and only for the purpose for which consent has been given 

  • Providing supervision, support and training for volunteers about online safety 


 

If online abuse occurs, we will respond to it by: 

  • Having clear and robust safeguarding procedures in place for responding to abuse (including online abuse) 

  • Providing support for all volunteers on dealing with all forms of abuse, including bullying/cyberbullying, emotional abuse, sexting, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation 

  • Making sure our response takes the needs of the person experiencing abuse, any bystanders and our organisation as a whole into account 

  • Reviewing the plan developed to address online abuse at regular intervals, in order to ensure that any problems have been resolved in the long term. 

 

Related policies and procedures
This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies and procedures, including: 

  • Child protection 

  • Procedures for responding to concerns about a child or young person’s wellbeing 

  • Dealing with allegations of abuse made against a child or young person 

  • Managing allegations against volunteers 

  • Code of conduct for volunteers 

  • Photography and image sharing guidance 

More information about what these policies and procedures should include is available from learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection

 

Contact details 

Founder

Name: Yasmin Peregrino-Taiwo

Email: info@yt-solutions.co.uk

 

Co-Founder

Name: Fanny M-Simpson

Email: info@yt-solutions.co.uk

 

NSPCC Helpline 

0808 800 5000 

 

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually. 

This policy was last reviewed on 1st September 2020

Signed:

Yasmin Peregrino-Taiwo

Date: 1st September 2020

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