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New Start Centre receives online safety accreditation

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9 December 2022

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An education setting in south Powys has demonstrated its commitment to keeping children and young people safe online by completing a comprehensive online safety training programme.

The New Start Centre, Powys County Council's Pupil Referral Unit in Brecon, has received a National Online Safety Certified School Accreditation for its whole school community approach to protecting children in the online world.

National Online Safety is a multi-award-winning digital training provider with extensive resources in online safety.

Its Continuing Professional Development accredited courses and educational resources support UK schools in educating the whole school community in online safety- including all senior leaders, teachers, all school staff and parents - on how to make the internet a safer place for children.

Cllr Pete Roberts, Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said: "I'm delighted that the New Start Centre has received this award, which recognises their commitment to protecting the welfare of their learners in the online world.

"We are reliant upon technology to learn, work and communicate with those who are important to us, so it is essential that we work together to make the internet a safer place for our learners."

James Southworth, co-founder of National Online Safety, said: "By completing our training programme, the New Start Centre has shown its strong commitment to implementing an effective whole school approach to online safety.

"It can be increasingly difficult for schools and parents to stay ahead of online threats and ensure both children and staff are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. We arm schools with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react to any problems."