360 Degree safe

The 360 Degree Safe tool is a free interactive online safety audit tool provided by the SWGfL. It is used by over 11,000 schools and is highly recommended by eLIM, Ofsted and many other agencies. The tool was significantly updated to 360 Degree Safe version 2.0 in April 2020.

There are four elements: Policy and Leadership, Education, Technology and Outcomes. (Please note that these elements were renamed and reordered as part of the update to the tool in April 2020.)

These elements are split into Strands and then Aspects, which the school uses to grade itself on a five point scale. A description of the current position for each aspect is recorded and notes on where the evidence to support this statement are added. Ideas for how the school can improve are also indicated. The school can download a progress support and plan development over time.
The tool should not be completed by one person but collaborated on by a group from across the school, including Governor representation. When the group identifies that the school has achieved the target level for all aspects, the school can apply for the 360 Degree Safe Award, a nationally recognised accreditation that validates the online safety work that the school completes.  

The eLIM team can support schools at all stages of the 360 Degree Safe process and offer a significant reduction in the cost of the award to Somerset schools. Please get in touch​ if you would like more information.

360o Early Years and Groups 

360oEarlyYears and 360oGroups are similar free tools to 360Safe but have been devised specifically for Early Years settings and  other groups that work with children and young people.
eLIM encourage all groups that deal with young people to look use these tools to review and improve your online safety provision. Both tools also allow organisations to celebrate their achievements through progressive certification.

Somerset Roll of Honour: 360 Degree Safe Accredited School 

Congratulations to these schools who have achieved reaccreditation for 360 Degree Safe.  A recognition of their ongoing commitment and achievement in online safety in their schools.
Berkley First School (Second Reaccreditation Achieved​!)
Bishop Henderson (Taunton)
Bishop's Hull Primary (Second Reaccreditation Achieved!)
High Ham Primary
Huish Primary School
Oaklands Primary School
St Bartholomew’s First School
Ditcheat Primary School
Westover Green

 Congratulations to these schools for achieving recognition of online safety with ​360safe accreditation:​​

Birchfield Primary School
Eastover Primary
Elmhurst Junior School​
Knights Templar First
Castle Cary Primary School
Hayesdown First School
Puriton Primary
Somerset Bridge Primary​

360 Safe Information

​360 Degree Safe Guidance for New Users
​360 Degree Safe Guidance for Existing Users​

Support for achieving accreditation

eLIM Online Safety Leadership​ page​

eLIM support documents:

Role of the online safety coordinator

Effective online safety group​​

Get in touch​ with us if you would like to discuss support from our team with your 360safe self-review, including creating an action plan.​​