Elearning course from NSPCC and CEOP teaches child protection professionals about online safety
The NSPCC and the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command today launch an online course to help professionals understand how children use the internet and digital technology, and how to keep them safe.
74% of social workers want more support with online abuse cases
Previous research conducted by the NSPCC and British Association of Social Workers (BASW) revealed that 74 per cent of social workers said they needed more support with child protection cases involving online abuse.
In the same survey half of the social workers responding reported that online abuse was a feature in 25 per cent of their sexual abuse cases.
These findings have been reinforced by recent research carried out for the Marie Collins Foundation in which 70 per cent of the professionals working with children surveyed said they had not received training in online risk assessment and 96.5 per cent would value this.
Online safety training is crucial
Claire Lilley, NSPCC’s head of child safety online said:
“Training to protect children from online abuse is absolutely crucial for professionals working in areas such as social work, education, health and law.
“The internet and smartphones are now an integral part of young people’s everyday life. While this technology offers them huge benefits both socially and educationally it also brings dangers that professionals need to have a clear understanding of. These include cyberbullying, grooming in chat rooms or social networks and being coerced into sharing explicit images.
“This e-learning course will help professionals understand how children and young people use digital technology and the risks that they face. Importantly it will also give practical advice on what professionals and the organisations they work for can do to help keep children safe online.”
Jonathan Baggaley, head of education at the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command said:
“When better than Safer Internet Day to launch such a valuable tool to help in our continued drive to ensure our children are safe online.
“Online safety is not a job for just one organisation. With modern technology and the internet now a part of our everyday lives, it is up to every single one of us to ensure we stay safe in the online world.
“Keeping Children Safe Online will help ensure professionals have the knowledge and skills they need to protect the young people they work with.
“Our support of this new resource will complement the extensive range of free, targeted online safety advice and resources already available via the National Crime Agency’s Thinkuknow education programme,which has over 100,000 online subscribers, 5,000 specialist ambassadors and 29,000 trained people who are helping spread safety messages right across the UK.”
98% of learners recommend online course
Keeping Children Safe Online costs £20 and takes around three hours to complete.
The training course has been piloted since September 2013. 98 per cent of people who completed the course said they would recommend it.