Overview

According to Ofcom’s report on Media use and Attitudes the majority of homes with children aged 0-18 (97%) had access to the internet in 2022. Subsequently, the internet is an increasingly targeted arena for abuse, grooming and bullying. With young children often being left independently to traverse online spaces, it is crucial to prioritise their safety through robust safeguarding procedures and education on risks. The Governments recent passing of the landmark Online Safety Act has brought significant regulations and laws surrounding harmful content and keeping children safe online. In light of these changes, schools and professionals working with children can build upon existing good work by sharing exemplary best practice and key insights into effectively safeguarding children from online harms.

  • 80% of children have reported that they wanted to leave a social media platform for their wellbeing, but felt they were unable to do so (YoungMinds, 2023)
  • 36% of children aged 8-17 have said they had seen something ‘worrying or nasty’ online in the past year (Ofcom, 2022)
  • According to the NSPCC, in the last 5 years there has been an 82% rise in online grooming crimes against children
  • Since 2017, at least 1 in 20 children have experienced online sexual risks or harm (NSPCC, 2023)

Join us at The Online Safety Conference 2024: Safeguarding Children in a Digital World to hear experts discuss the latest initiatives and approaches to help protect children against online harms. Engage with best practice case studies addressing issues such as safeguarding children against radicalisation, engaging with parents and carers on online safety, and offering trauma-informed responses to online abuse. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from the public and voluntary sectors to share common challenges and initiate support in protecting children online.

Why Attend:

  High-level keynotes on the latest initiatives on protecting children online from policymakers and leading experts
  Case studies showing best practice in strategies that implement school-wide policies on online safety and best safeguard children
  A wide range of topics including radicalisation online, providing support for children with SEND, and co-producing digital safeguarding strategies
  Network with senior colleagues from across the public and voluntary sectors
  Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

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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 healthcare, 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

Agenda
  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Dr Peter Macaulay, Senior Lecturer, University of Derby (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: The Online Safety Act: A National Update on Online Harms for Children and Young People

    • A national update on the impact of the new legislation for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities
    • Advice for engaging with social media platforms to remove and report harmful material
    • Guidance on providing children, families, and carers with clear information about accessible ways to report potential online safety issues
    • Strategies for dealing with new offences under the Online Safety Act including sexual abuse and revenge porn

    Rich Collard, Associate Head of Policy – Child Safety Online, NSPCC (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Online Safety for Professionals: Guidance on Teaching Online Harms to Safeguard Children

    • Communication techniques to raise awareness online harms in a clear and accessible format
    • Guidance on utilising and adapting privacy settings to enhance online safety on school devices
    • Strategies for fostering a safe learning environment for young children to learn about online harms
    • Tips on effective ways to implement digital safeguarding lessons into your curriculum
    • Keeping up to date with rapidly changing technology and social media trends through researching and dialogue with young people

    Will Gardner, CEO, Childnet (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Safeguarding Children Against Sexual Harms and Pornography Online

    • Reviewing the impact that viewing pornography online can have on children
    • Age verification and age estimation tools to ensure children are protected against pornographic content online: key tips
    • Guidance on the importance of regulating online pornography the same way as offline pornography

    Jessica Edwards, Senior Policy Adviser – Childhood Harms, Barnardo’s (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Safeguarding Children Online Through Multi-Agency Collaboration

    • Best practice for ensuring robust connectedness and information sharing between agencies
    • Advice on defining key objectives for a local online harm safeguarding strategy
    • Strategies to maintain progress towards end goal outcomes by designated key staff and multi-agency communication
    • Tools and resources to help establishing the risk level of safeguarding incidents

    Matthew Johnston, Learning and Development Manager, Cheshire West and Chester Safeguarding Children Partnership (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Engaging Parents and Carers on Online Safety Beyond the Classroom

    • Engaging with technophobe parents to equip them with tools to protect children at home
    • Adapting accessible language to inclusively engage parents from all backgrounds
    • Strategies for engaging parents and children together to foster collective responsibility and enhance engagement
    • Providing families with resources and information to empower children to be risk-aware outside of school settings

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

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Panel: Safeguarding Children Against Radicalisation Online in the Social-Media Age

    • Key tips on safeguarding children online in a modern and ever-changing landscape
    • Adapting to the rise of new social media sites such as TikTok and their implications for safeguarding and online safety concerns
    • Leveraging Prevent and other safeguarding reporting schemes when addressing young people’s online activity
    • Andrew Tate and the manosphere: tackling toxic masculinity online and preventing children from being radicalised

    Dr Mark McGlashan, Lecturer, Birmingham City University (CONFIRMED)

    Lizzie Reeves, Senior Policy Manager, Internet Matters (CONFIRMED)

    Helen Hinde, Assistant Headteacher, Meols Cop High School (CONFIRMED)

  • Breakout Networking: Working Towards a Safer Experience for Young People Online

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in protecting children online. Share your experiences and discuss key strategies with senior colleagues from a range of sectors to work towards improving the safety of young people online.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Adopting Trauma-Informed Approaches to Victims of Online Abuse

    Simon Bailey, CBE, QPM, DL, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Embrace Child Victims of Crime (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Implementing Online Safety into the School Curriculum 

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

  • Keynote: The Road to Regulation for Online Safety

    Sarah Blight, Online Safety Principal – CSA, Ofcom (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be professionals across the public and voluntary sectors who are working to safeguarding 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

Sponsorship

Raise your Profile, Showcase Your Solutions, Generate New Business

If your products, services, and solutions can support our audiences in their roles, and you want to make connections and generate new business with key stakeholders, decision makers, and influencers, then please contact Chris and Ali today at sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form here and we will contact you.

Benefits of partnering with us include:

  • Brand awareness: Be seen by a highly targeted and engaged audience before, during, and after the conference.
  • Lead generation: Meet the decision-makers and influencers responsible for making purchasing decisions on cyber security and data protection.
  • Thought leadership: Position your organisation and experts as thought leaders and the ‘go to’ experts.
  • Networking: Make valuable connections with potential new customers and partners across government and the wider public sector
  • Grow your business: Reach decision makers in a single event on just one day and in one location (with no travel/accommodation required), saving you time and money.
  • Gain valuable insights: Hear the latest from key stakeholders in government, and across the public and voluntary sectors.

IMPORTANT: There are only a small number of sponsorship opportunities available to ensure maximum exposure and ROI – contact us today to secure your place.

All packages include:

  • Extensive branding – before, during, after the conference
  • 15-20 min morning speaking session with Q&A
  • Virtual stand to showcase your organisation, products, services, and solutions
  • Opportunities to network during the day
  • Half to full page ad in the E-Guide
  • Banner ad on the virtual events platform
  • Announcement post on LinkedIn
  • Announcement within delegate communication
  • 1-3 delegate places (worth upto £1,947)
  • Access to the delegate details after the event
  • Ongoing exposure through OnDemand (coming soon)

For more information and discuss your specific objectives, please contact Chris and Ali at sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form here

Virtual vs F2F

Whilst F2F provide better options for networking, there are many distinct advantages of sponsoring our online conferences including:

  • Wider geographical reach of delegates and a different audience who prefer online to f2f
  • Lower sponsorship package costs
  • No travel/accommodation
  • Less time out of the office
  • No stand materials required (lower costs)
  • 1 of only 2 sponsors involved – less competition on the day
  • Prime speaking slot in the morning of the conference including Q&A – less distractions and easier for delegates to hear/absorb information
  • Receive all delegate data after the conference to follow-up directly with those who attend and don’t attend (small % but still key stakeholders)
  • Ongoing exposure via OnDemand access (coming soon)

To find out more and discuss your specific objectives, please contact Chris and Ali at sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form here

Pricing
  • Private Sector Rate: £499.00+VAT
  • Public Sector Rate: £360.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate: £330.00+VAT