Safeguarding and Wellbeing In A Digital World
On 24th June 2019 St Benedict’s school in Ealing held a safeguarding event exclusively for safeguarding leads from schools in the London area. The day focused on safeguarding and wellbeing. It was a roaring success with 100% of delegates saying that the content was useful and relevant and that they would attend another like it. The conference brought together school safeguarding staff and industry leading experts to discuss the pertinent issue of safeguarding in the digital world that we all now live in.
2 in 5 pupils have never told anyone about the worst thing that has happened to them online.
Maithreyi Rajeshkumar (Childnet)
The Challenges of Safeguarding in Education
Keynotes delivered by Mike Glanville (Director of Safeguarding Services for MyConcern), Luke Ramsden (Deputy Head and DSL for St Benedict’s School) and Jo Love (Mental Health Advocate and Social Media Influencer) brought forward the issues facing our young people and the challenges this puts on staff in schools and colleges who are charged with keeping them safe. Tools and techniques designed to support children and young people in navigating the online world safely were discussed, and the need for better support and training for staff highlighted.
One of the biggest challenges that both schools and parents face at the moment is the extent to which children and teenagers live their lives online. Schools can play a crucial role in educating young people how to navigate this online world safely; not only how to recognise the dangers but also take advantage of its social and educational benefits. It is important then that teachers are themselves trained in understanding these fast-changing technologies as part of general safeguarding and pastoral professional development in order to support their students.
Gaining Skills and Confidence
In the afternoon, delegates broke into smaller groups to focus on more specific and tailored lessons on safeguarding and wellbeing with sessions from Gooseberry Plant, UK Safer Internet Centre and Childnet. These sessions equipped delegates with knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle issues such as online safety on peer-on-peer abuse.
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Written by Sam Franklin