Sexting: responding to incidents and safeguarding learners (England)

What is Sexting: Responding to incidents and safeguarding learners

Sexting: Responding to incidents and safeguarding learners is best practice guidance on how to deal with youth-produced sexual images in schools, colleges and other educational settings in England. It is published by the UK Council for Internet Safety.

It covers:

  • Responding to disclosures

  • Handling devices and imagery

  • Risk assessing situations

  • Involving other agencies, including escalation to the police and children’s social care

  • Recording incidents

  • Involving parents and carers

  • Preventative education

How to use it

Use this guidance to help you develop policies and procedures that enable you to respond to incidents effectively and comply with legislation. You can also use it to find further resources and sources of support in dealing with youth produced imagery.

Who can use it

Designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), headteachers and senior leadership teams in schools, colleges and other educational settings in England.

If you are a professional working in another setting you may still find it useful to refer to.

Do you work in Wales? You can find a version for schools and colleges in Wales here.

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Sexting: Responding to incidents and safeguarding learners (Wales)

Know how to deal with youth-produced sexual images effectively and safeguard learners with best practice guidance from UKCIS for schools, colleges and other educational settings in Wales.

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