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Update on the Online Safety Act

Action for schools and early years settings: Update on the Online Safety Act


The Online Safety Act has received Royal Assent. The Act imposes obligations on those services within its remit to deliver additional protections for children accessing these services.


Education and childcare providers subject to existing legal duties and statutory guidance (such as Keeping Children Safe in Education) to safeguard and protect children are not within the Act’s remit.


The exception is Ed-tech user-to-user services which provide services direct to learners without a regulated educational provider in the middle. If these services are likely to be accessed by children, even if these services are accessed from school devices, they will be subject to the Act. Services potentially within the Act’s remit may wish to take independent advice.


All schools should continue to adopt a whole school approach to online safety and safeguard children from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material.