The government’s Online Safety Bill aims to make digital platforms safer for children and young people by limiting access to harmful material. Whilst it makes its way through Parliament however, local authorities and the education and charity sectors must work in partnership to use innovative strategies to monitor digital trends and tackle online harms head-on.

Reducing young people’s exposure to online harms relies on supporting their independent digital resilience. This can be challenging, given the evolving nature of the online environment which demands frequent reviews to online safety lessons. Encouraging parents and carers to reinforce digital skills at home is also vital. Public sector safeguarding requires a concerted effort to address these challenges, in order to equip young people with the skills to live healthy lives and protect themselves online.

  • Data from the Internet Watch Foundation shows that online sexual abuse of children rose nearly 60% between 2020 and 2021
  • 1 in 5 10–15 year-olds experienced online bullying in 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics
  • Suicide helpline Papyrus reported that 1 in 3 calls during the pandemic were from under 18s, citing pressure from social media

Join us at The Online Harms Conference 2023: Working in Partnership to Keep Children and Young People Safe Online to hear the latest national trends and policy updates for keeping young people safe online. Learn from best practice case studies from schools, charities and local government in their experience of implementing effective safeguarding strategies. Topical themes include harmful social media content, cyberbullying, and online sexual abuse. You will also have the opportunity to network with other senior colleagues, exchanging ideas for tackling online harms.

Why Attend:

✓ Expert keynotes on the latest legislative updates and national trends in young people’s social media use
✓ Practical guidance for building a multi-agency safeguarding partnership and online safety strategies
✓ Best practice case studies discussing how to tackle various online harms
✓ Network with senior colleagues discussing how best to support young people online
✓ 4 CPD points towards your yearly quota


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including Education, and ALL CPD certified

 Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Peter Macaulay, Lecturer in Psychology,  University of Derby (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Incorporating Online Safety into the Design of the PSHE Curriculum

    • Guidance on keeping the PSHE curriculum up to date with the latest research related to young people’s online experiences
    • How to embed learning about online safety throughout the PSHE curriculum, in order to reflect young people’s digital lives
    • Recommendations for engaging in conversation and tackling difficult topics such as online pornography and the sharing of nude images
    • Practical suggestions of activities and resources for the PSHE classroom

    Jenny Fox, Senior Subject Specialist, PSHE Association (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Adopting a Youth Led Approach to Tackle Online Bullying

    • Sharing insights into a children’s rights-based approach to addressing online bullying
    • Recognising and applying the role and importance of youth led approaches to prevent online bullying
    • ThinkB4UType Toolkit: Sharing case study examples of supporting youth led anti-bullying work in school and youth settings

    Lisa Armstrong, Training & Development Manager, respectme (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers 

  • Pre-recorded Case Study: Educating Families on Safe Social Media Use to Effectively Safeguard Young People

    • Establishing accessible support relating to social media apps for parents and carers to understand their child’s interactions on social media
    • Upskilling staff to become Safeguarding Leads for young people to help them understand the dangers on some social media sites
    • Engaging in conversations with student’s about social media to support their health and wellbeing
    • Key tips for working in partnership across the community to better recognise the signs of bullying on social media

    Claire Jones, Deputy Headteacher, Crickhowell High School (CONFIRMED)

  • Comfort Break 

  • Breakout Networking: Overcoming Challenges and Finding Solutions for Tackling Online Harms

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to engage in a discussion with other delegates. We encourage you to share the main challenges you face in safeguarding children from online harms, and the types of solutions that have worked well in your organisation.

  • Keynote: Engaging with Young People to Explore Life Online and Build Online Safety Strategies

    • Tools for engaging with young people and supporting them in sharing their voice
    • Developing critical thinking skills in young people and building strategies to manage online risk
    • Safer Internet Day 2023, looking at conversations about life online
    • Engaging young people in online safety programmes and initiatives

    Will Gardner OBE, CEO, Childnet (CONFIRMED)

  • Lived Experience: Building Effective Recovery Responses to Online Sexual Harm

    • Prevention: tips for equipping young people with the tools to understand their vulnerabilities and protect themselves from online grooming
    • Key considerations for approaching victims of online sexual abuse and building a recovery response
    • Do no further harm: sensitively responding to instances of online sexual abuse to avoid victim blaming
    • Tips for including a victim’s parents and carers throughout a recovery journey

    Rhiannon-Faye McDonald, Victim and Survivor Advocate, Marie Collins Foundation (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Boosting Parental and Carer Engagement: Reinforcing Online Safety at Home

    • Tips for identifying and addressing common barriers to engaging parents and carers with online safety lessons
    • Online safety newsletters: strategies to ensure clear and consistent communication with parents and carers
    • Recommendations for sensitively engaging with parents and carers of children who have come into contact with harmful content online
    • Measuring parental engagement and making improvements: adapting communication strategies according to the needs of parents

    Gemma Walker, Y5 Teacher / Computing & PE Lead, Barrow URC Primary School (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers 

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

Who Should Attend

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be staff across the public and voluntary sector who are working to safeguard children online.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

✓ Network with key decision makers from across the NHS
✓ Meet your target audience in the sector
✓ Listen and Learn from leading industry experts from across the sector
✓ Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
✓ Speak alongside industry leading experts
✓ Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email Sponsorship@GovernmentEvents.co.uk 

  • Public Sector Rate: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate: £649.00+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos Ondemand

✓ 12-Months FREE Access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of Exclusive Case Study Focused Videos and Articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

 – 30+ New Uploads Each Month