• What to consider when installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) in your school

Considering installing CCTV in your school? We’ve pulled together a list of some of the things you’ll want to consider to get you started:

  • Understand the statutory requirements and codes of practice around CCTV that you need to adhere to including the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) CCTV code of practice, and the Government’s Surveillance camera code of practice. For example, every year or whenever you update the system, you’ll need to let the ICO know the purpose of the installation, and how the data collected will be used. CCTV in schools should also meet the Home Office recommendations for police evidence, so make sure you use a properly qualified installer who can do this.
     
  • Define a clear set of reasons why CCTV is needed and is appropriate. Bear in mind that CCTV needs to work as part of an integrated approach to security, so you may want to add in your plan some additional systems or processes that need updating or creating to ensure it’s used to best effect.  

  • It may be worth engaging with stakeholders including parents and staff during planning to explain the need for CCTV and ensure they are given the opportunity to raise any concerns, as well as making sure they’re aware of the procedures that are in place to keep data secure once the system goes live.
     
  • Choose a qualified installer who can assess your requirements, and provide you with guidance to help you find the right solution for your needs. This means considering all aspects of the install from procuring the most appropriate hardware, to data storage and security. Read our case study on how we helped a college install the right CCTV solution for them or call 0121 248 7931 to discuss your requirements with one of our education IT specialists.
     
  • Create a school CCTV policy and set of procedures that define how the system will be operated including how to deal with any complaints and share this with staff. Procedures should clearly specify the circumstances in which CCTV data can be passed to third parties such as the police. It should also say where footage is stored, how it is labelled, when and how it will be disposed of once it is no longer required.
     
  • Assign an authorised person (senior management) to act as the data controller overseeing and controlling the system including any initial viewing of images and responsibility for making sure the procedures are adhered to. It’s also worth nominating a deputy to cover absences.
     
  • Decide where to place surveillance equipment based meeting the key objectives for introducing the technology, and where they can be most effective. This will not only keep down costs but also keeps the amount of information to be managed to a minimum effective level.
     
  • With cyber criminals increasingly targeting the education sector with several sophisticated techniques, ensure that your system and your staff are up to the challenge of protecting sensitive information whether it be CCTV files or student records.


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