Online Safety for Foster Carers and Adoptive Parents

Online Safety for Foster Carers and/or Adoptive Parents – 3 – 4 Hours

This session will explore the key risks facing children and young people online, empowering foster carers and adoptive parents to successfully manage the heightened vulnerability of looked after children and care leavers by promoting their safety and well-being in the digital world.

By the end of the session, delegates will be able to:

Understand the importance of celebrating the benefits of the internet and technology
Gain an insight in to how the internet and technology impacts on human behaviour
Understand the key risks facing children online and how these can be mitigated
Recognise the diversity of offenders who pose a risk to children online
Identify popular websites and applications used by young people and understand the associated risks with each
Know how and where to report concerns relating to child online safety
Be aware of strategies that can be implemented within the home, as well as technical solutions that can be employed, to improve the safeguarding of children online
Understand the unique risks facing children in care and how to manage the heightened vulnerability of looked after children and care leavers online

Standard 6 of the Training, Support and Development Standards requires Foster Carers to evidence that they understand:

The different ways in which children and young people can be harmed by adults, other children and young people including the internet
How children might be bullied and know what action to take if you suspect a child or young person is being bullied
The risks of the internet and mobile phones and what can you do to reduce the risks

(Department for Education, 2012)

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Very interesting and eye opening. Thought provoking. This training should be compulsory for all foster carers, in fact, anyone who has anything to do with children.
Foster Carer, Coventry City Council

100% of delegates who have attended a JD Safeguarding Online Safety Training for Foster Carers and Adoptive Parents said:

They felt more confident to keep their child safe online
They gained a greater understanding of online safety
They would recommend the training to others.