Social Care Toolkit

As part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, the South West Grid for Learning has produced its first targeted training and toolkit for social care professionals.

The purpose of this Toolkit is to enable practitioners to better assess the needs of children and improve their support of the child. It seeks to explain the digital world inhabited by children, parents and carers and to provide professionals with the information they need to assess children and families within the digital context. This includes information on what makes the online world different and its impact. It provides practitioners with the practical tools to use during the assessment process; the questions to ask and observations to make in order to collate evidence to make informed decisions about appropriate interventions

The new toolkit is relevant for any social care professional involved in carrying out family assessments.

This toolkit is now part of the Online Safety for Social Workers Training Package >

Social Care Toolkit

When assessing the well-being of children and young people we must consider their relationship to technology. We can no longer safeguard them without recognising the use to which technology is put by children and young people in their environments at home, at school, and in their leisure time; and also by their parents, carers and other influential adults. It is essential that those professionals charged with safeguarding children develop an understanding of the impact of the technology on the life of the child and the impact on family function.

The toolkit will:

  • Provide practitioners with the appropriate up-to-date knowledge of digital technologies...
  • Help with identifying the impact of the digital world on children, young people and families...
  • Introduce the schedule of assessment, the accompanying materials and resources...
  • Consider how a plan of intervention may include references to digital technology...
  • Examine relevant resources and links to other appropriate organisations...
  • Provide practitioners with the toolkit to use in the field...