Cyber crime

This advice, developed by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC),  is for school and college staff with responsibility for behaviour management, including designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, head teachers and senior leadership teams in schools and colleges in England. The PDF, which contains further information, can be downloaded here.


Cybercrime is criminal activity committed using computers and/or the internet. It can involve malicious attacks on computer software, including:

  • Breaking IT rules
  • Unauthorised access to computers
  • Denial of Service or other computer interference and impairment
  • Acts causing serious damage to or loss of data
  • ‘Hacking’
  • Cheating at online gaming

This guidance has a focus on offences committed by young people rather than external cybercrime and cyber security Further guidance can be found at

The school or college should first establish:

  • What has happened?
  • Who is involved?
  • Is this part of a pattern of behaviour?
  • Are there any safeguarding concerns? If YES — Refer to Keeping children safe in education and follow local safeguarding protocols
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