Child Protection Deep Dive Workshop: Online Harms and Technology; A Whole School Approach

Date: 29–30 May 2024
Time: Central European Summer Time (CEST)

  • Day one: 08:30–15:45
  • Day two: 08:00–15:30

Location: Virtual

In-depth training focusing on developing a whole school approach to online safety and responding to complex online harm

The steady rise in young people's use of online platforms and social media brings benefits and risks. When it comes to the risks, schools should take proactive and preventative action as part of their safeguarding efforts for the safety and well-being of their students.

In this professional learning experience, you’ll access training and resources tailored to international school communities. You’ll be guided in developing the knowledge, skills, and resources to respond effectively when children are at risk through unsafe online spaces. Return to your school to facilitate community-wide learning and growth.

Experts from Childnet International and Safer Internet UK will lead discussions on preventative strategies, and you’ll participate in designing and examining school responses using several complex case studies. 

This CIS professional learning experience will advance your knowledge and practice of:
  • the interplay between the rising use of online platforms and social media and child and adolescent mental health 
  • how to engage students about the forms of online harm that are most prevalent in their setting and understand how critical this is to safeguarding 
  • methods to engage and work collaboratively with parents 
  • the potential impact and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how to respond to this should it present risk to your community
  • effective responses to different forms of online harm and abuse
  • how forms of online harm can intersect and overlap 
You will also:
  • be guided by exceptional speakers with deep knowledge, expertise, and direct experience 
  • explore strategies and gain resources to help educate young people on how to prevent, identify early, and avoid or appropriately manage forms of online harm and abuse 
  • foster connections with others holding similar roles and responsibilities to facilitate collaboration and create support networks for your school 
You’ll return to school feeling:
  • confident in the preventative strategies you can implement on your return to school 
  • more aware of the risks and complexities involved in responding to online harm involving students 
  • mindful of how to approach and lead an inquiry following a disclosure of online harm 
  • able to develop protocols to respond effectively to online harm 
  • equipped to build on protective factors within your community to take preventative action and to embed online safety throughout your curriculum, knowing the vital importance of student and parent voice in this process 
Why should your school invest in this training?

The prevention and effective management of online harm can be high stakes for a school and affect the entire community. As a disclosure can be made anytime, your school must be prepared to appropriately manage this to safeguard your community further and avoid both an escalation and public reputational risk. Plus! Schools completing CIS International Accreditation will find the workshop content aligns with the CIS International Accreditation framework, particularly in Domain E.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for individuals who have attended a CIS Child Protection Foundation Workshop or completed another foundational child protection training course.

Heads of schools, principals, social-emotional counsellors, teachers, university guidance counsellors, safeguarding leads, child protection officers, school board members, and those involved with accreditation teams in your school

Registration deadline: 22 May 2024
Fee: €550 (excluding VAT)

If your institution is not a CIS member and you are interested in this event, please email Jane Joyce.