Smoothwall announces partnership with Safeguard Software to unify physical and digital realms for safeguarding children

The UK’s leading online safeguarding solutions provider Smoothwall has today announced a new partnership with Safeguard Software in its effort to protect children in all aspects of life at school.

An industry first, the partnership combines Smoothwall’s Visigo capabilities, which enable real-time monitoring of children’s online and digital activities, with Safeguard Software’s digital record of behaviours and events of individual students.

Having worked together for the past year, both organisations share a common goal to provide schools with a better understanding, context and insight into each child’s life. Testimonies from teachers of any ongoing issues or incidents in the physical realm such as bullying, issues occurring in the playground or potential situations at home will now be cross-referenced with what they are talking about and looking at online. As a result, schools will be able to attain a definitive timeline and source of truth for students in one place, presenting a unique and complete perspective of each child.

Commenting on the new partnership, Douglas Hanley, CTO at Smoothwall said: “This partnership is extremely important to the work we do at Smoothwall in safeguarding children. Ensuring schools and social services have all the information they need to make informed intervention decisions is critical.

“Previously, schools would log any incidents in either books or excel sheets which would sit in separate silos to any online monitoring information they had on students. This created a disjointed picture. However, by combining all the information that Smoothwall’s software detects and integrating it with Safeguard Software, schools will be able to create a much richer, joined-up and contextually informed picture of each student, raising any red flags when necessary.”

Also commenting on the partnership was Steven Morrissey, Director at Safeguard Software who said: “Although government legislation requires schools to have the appropriate digital monitoring tools in place, until now, there has been no way to join the dots between what happens with a child in the online world with the real world. With this partnership, our mission is to complete the puzzle and create a central platform for schools to record all of their safeguarding concerns - the first step in keeping them safe.”

The partnership is readily available to all schools using Smoothwall’s Visigo and Safeguard Software.

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