Equipping Social Workers and Health Professionals with Online Safety Vicki Green Principal Social Worker South Gloucestershire
The professional taskProfessionals working with vulnerable youngpeople and their families, if they are toaccurately assess need and develop plans andstrategies to improve outcomes and minimiserisk, must be able to understand the contextin which the children and young people are inliving in.
Assessment CHILD Safeguarding and Promoting welfare Family andEnvironmental factors
To bridge this gap professionals need:• Knowledge to increase understanding of the different types behaviours online that may cause harm to children and young people• Knowledge to enable them to recognise warning signs and identify symptoms• The language and skills to talk to young people about their online world, behaviours the nature of their relationships
The solution• Training to build professional confidence• Practitioners toolkit containing – Evidence based research and information on impact – Signs and indicators to consider – Questions to be asking to identify • whether the online activity of children and young people is putting them at risk • whether the online activity of parents/carers has an impact on their parenting capacity • whether parents/carers are equipped to safeguard their children online