Advice & Guidance

This section contains information on guidelines for organisations:


Q1. How can I arrange for a CEOP representative to visit my school/organisation?

A. CEOP regularly receives requests for its staff to speak at external events from a variety of organisations throughout the UK. In order to make the selection process as fair as possible all requests for a CEOP member of staff to speak at an event must be supported by a completed copy of the form. This will then be assessed by senior management and a decision will be made based on operational and staff availability.

Alternatively we can facilitate contact between yourself and a voluntary CEOP Ambassador in your local area. If this is agreeable please provide us with any relevant information about your planned event (i.e. dates, times, audience size and composition etc) and a method of contact which you would be happy for us to share. We will then pass this information on to selected local Ambassadors asking for them to contact you directly.


Q2. I’m creating a social networking website aimed at young people, how can I make it safer for them to use?

A. CEOP’s Safer By Design programme works with industry to ensure that companies such as Microsoft, Facebook and O2 take the safeguarding of children and young people in to consideration when designing their products and websites. When featuring social networking in a website’s design it is particularly important to include the following features:

• All default privacy settings should be closed so that the individual can choose who they share their personal information with i.e. ‘share with friends only’

• Ensure that tips about children and young people’s online safety are included during the registration process, and consider embedding one of CEOP’s awareness raising films to help in the delivery of these messages -

• Empower users by providing them with a reporting mechanism for reporting problems encountered on the site, add the Click CEOP button to your reporting area - email for more details

• Provide an engaging and responsive safety centre with online safety tips and a reporting mechanism which is responded to appropriately and in a timely manner


Q3. What advice can you offer for teaching online safety to young adults in Further Education (i.e. post 16)?

A. Whilst the upper target audience of CEOP’s Thinkuknow resources is intended to be 11-16 year olds, the information and advice delivered within these resources is relevant to young adults too. Those teaching young adults are welcome to use resources from our 11-16s programme, adapting the lesson plans to meet the needs of their intended audience e.g. Exposed, Consequences, Matt Thought He Knew etc.


Q4. My organisation is making an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for young people and staff - can CEOP offer any advice?

A. If your organisation does not already have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for young people and staff to sign up to it is important that one is created. This is a good way to make young people and staff aware of their responsibilities and the consequences of their actions online.

Some good practice examples of AUPs are available here

You may also wish to explore creating a staff 'code of conduct' in relation to these issues. Hertfordshire Grid for Learning has an example of good practice available here.


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