A West Midlands nursery has deployed NetClean Technologies' ProActive software to protect children and staff from the threat of child sexual abuse images being circulated over the web and removable media.

The nursery, which looks after 74 children up to the age of 11, has installed the software on all computers within the nursery, as well as the personal computers of each staff member and student trainee.

The nursery will also implement a set of guidelines and policies, which it hopes will be the basis of new guidelines across the UK to provide better protection for children in nurseries.

Since successfully installing NetClean ProActive, Zigzag Nursery has begun a nationwide campaign to demand better child protection measures throughout all nurseries in the UK. By lobbying this cause to government bodies, including Ofsted and the LEA, Zigzags Nursery aims to create a benchmark for all nurseries to dramatically reduce the danger of sexual abuse that children are facing every day.

Will Markham, governance, risk and compliance manager at Zigzags Nursery, said: “Current Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are not enough to prevent child sexual abuse in nurseries and we need to do more to help nurseries deploy solid policies and technologies that mean these checks aren't solely relied upon. We felt it was important to take a stand as a nursery on this issue and hope it empowers other nurseries to do the same.

“We chose the NetClean software as we felt it was the best solution to effectively block all child sexual abuse content and detect offenders that intentionally click on illegal images. We found this to be infinitely more valuable than a traditional web filter, which only tracks websites containing illegal images. The solution also acts in a non-intrusive way until it is triggered, so has no impact on employee productivity.”

Christian Sjöberg, CEO of NetClean Technologies, said: “The move by Zigzags Nursery is a pivotal step in creating greater awareness about child sexual abuse images, which are an ever increasing problem as abusers continue to go undetected across the UK.

“We are seeing more and more high profile cases of people viewing such content whilst they are employed in a position of trust within the child care industry, therefore we need to act now to eliminate the existence of these images and stop the perpetrators.”