MYTime Young Carers E-Safety Policy

Purpose

MYTime Young Carers works with children and adult young carers as part of its activities. These include providing services such as respite day activities, residential activities to young carers, face to face training with adult young carers, and working with young carers in schools.
The purpose of this policy statement is to: 

 - ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young adults when they are using the internet, social      media or mobile devices 
 - provide staff and 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 staff, volunteers, children and young people and anyone involved in MYTime Young Carer’s activities. 


This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children across the United Kingdom.


Principles


We believe that:


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


 - children should be able to use the internet for educational 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 MYTime Young Carers’ network and devices 
 - 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: 

 - appointing an online safety coordinator who is the Executive Director at MYTime Young Carers


 - providing clear and specific directions to staff and volunteers on how to behave online through our code of conduct for staff and volunteers 


-  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 user names, logins, email accounts and passwords are used effectively 
 - ensuring that personal information about the adults and children who are involved in our organisation is held securely and shared only as appropriate (please see our GDPR policy)
- 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 (please see our Photography and Filming policy)
- providing supervision, support and training for staff and volunteers about online safety 
 - examining and risk assessing any social media platforms and new technologies before they are used within the organisation. 

We will prepare to effectively manage online abuse by: 
 - having clear and robust safeguarding procedures in place for responding to abuse (including online abuse) 
 - providing support and training for all staff and volunteers on dealing with all forms of abuse, including bullying/cyberbullying, emotional abuse, sexting, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation 
 - 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. 


If any online abuse occurs, we will ensure that our response takes the needs of the person experiencing abuse, any bystanders and our organisation as a whole into account.


Related policies and procedures 
This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies and procedures, including: 
 - Safeguarding policy 
 - 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 staff and volunteers 
 - Code of conduct for staff and volunteers 
 - Anti-bullying policy and procedures 
 - Photography and Filming policy
 -  GDPR policy 


Committee Governance     Board of Trustees
Chairman of Trustees    Matthew Barker
Safeguarding Lead Trustee     Rebecca Turner 
Designated Safeguarding Lead    Krista Cartlidge


Status and review cycle    Annually
Date of next review    1st December 2020

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