Online Safety Training

Specialist training for your children, staff and parents from
leading experts at the UK’s National Online Safety Centre

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Protecting Young People in a Digital World can be Overwhelming

Stay ahead of the game with training from the leading experts in Online Safety and Online Safety Training.

As a charitable trust dedicated to the safe and secure use of technology in education, our experts have been shaping Online Safety curriculum and policy for 15 years in the UK and beyond.

Our team comprises of true specialists, that’s why we train Her Majesty's school Inspectors (OFSTED).

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Global Reputation in Online Safety

We know that some school staff and other professionals often find it difficult to support children in an ever-changing digital world.

We understand the challenges professionals working with children and young people face and have the true expertise in online safety to offer world-class e-safety training.  

We help shape the online safety curriculum in the UK, we have an international reputation and are often asked to train organisations such as OFSTED. In addition we are a charity and one of the three partners in the UK Safer Internet Centre.

What we can offer you 

Get in touch if you would like to discuss your online safety training needs – email us at onlinesafety@swgfl.org.uk 


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Tell us what your requirements are and we will work with you to deliver the training you require:

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Alternatively you can call us on 0344 800 2382, or email onlinesafety@swgfl.org.uk

"It was an excellent session - very inspiring speaker with a wealth of knowledge at his disposal. Time flew too quickly [and] we really would like to work with you again - fantastic resource and lovely presence."

Meet the Trainers

Our team of people includes educators, police officers, academics, school senior leadership and more and together they have created award-winning resources such as the 360 degree safe tool

Ken is Online Safety Director and SMT member with South West Grid for Learning Trust drawing on twenty years as a teacher and school leader and ten years as a BECTA award-winning Education Adviser with Plymouth’s ICT Team.

Ken’s broad canvas of experience and engaging presentation style has seen him work with a wide range of educators and agencies. He has trained all Education, Social Care and Early Years HMIs in aspects of online safeguarding and is responsible for shaping inspectors briefing sheets and training in online safety.

He developed and wrote the multi award-winning 360 degree safe online safety self-review tool and Online Compass tool. Along with fellow director, David Wright, he also created the BETT award-winning BOOST toolset for children’s settings.

He works with a broad range of national and international organisations and has spoken at global conferences in the Middle East, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Greece, Spain, Estonia, Europe and the US. He has recently written Online Safety standards with AQDAR for schools in UAE.

David is the Senior Manager responsible for budget, the UK Safer Internet Centre and EU partnerships. He chairs the NEN Safeguarding group and has worked extensively in the area of online safety for many years not only with children, schools and wider communities but also with partner agencies such as the Police, CEOP and Childnet.

David has presented at online safety conferences both home and abroad and currently chairs the National Education Network Safeguarding Group in the UK as well as a member of the CEOP Education Advisory panel and the National Council for the NetSmartz Workshop in the US.

More recently, David has been appointed to the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and actively participates with the Council’s education and public awareness working groups.

Ron became a founding member of the South West Grid for Learning E-Safety Group in 2005, while Headteacher of Priory Community School, a large secondary school in Weston super Mare.

More recently, Ron has held the challenging post of Headteacher of a Virtual School for Looked After Children in North Somerset as well as being invited to manage the council’s 14-19 broadband project.

In his continuing role as a School Improvement Partner to many Somerset secondary schools, he advises on a wide range of issues, complemented by his role as a school ICT Mark Assessor.

More recently, Ron has held the challenging post of Headteacher of a Virtual School for Looked After Children in North Somerset as well as being invited to manage the council’s 14-19 broadband project.

Steve is a serving Police Sergeant with Devon and Cornwall Police. With over 25 years policing experience he joined the team over 3 years ago as the law enforcement link and digital engagement officer. Steve supports the work of the centre in various roles including advice and support for our helplines, online safety consultant for professionals working with children and young people and he also holds the portfolio for Online Extremism and Radicalisation. As part of the team he delivers presentations to organisations that work with Children and young people around all aspects of online safety, as well as engaging and informative sessions for children themselves.

Andrew is an experienced educator with over 10 year’s primary experience in the two key stages. He has held roles at all levels of school management in Essex and in Herefordshire.

Following his primary school experiences, Andrew became the ICT Strategic Manager in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council for over 2 years. This was followed by a secondment to the South Central Consortium delivering training and supporting strategic development of ICT in over 400 schools in South Wales.

Andrew is passionate about the use of technology in schools and supporting children, young people and adults with Online Safety and Data Protection issues. Combined with his skills in school improvement and the self-review cycle gives Andrew a unique breadth of knowledge and experiences. He is a self-confessed geek and advocate that technology enhances the learning experience and outcomes for all. A dedicated Dad to his two children (5 and 8 years old), a STEM and kitchen science fan. He enjoys making Indian food and is a wannabe Paul Hollywood trying his hand at bread making.

Boris is the Online Safety Officer for the UK Safer Internet Centre working at South West Grid for learning. The UK Safer Internet Centre is the national awareness centre and forms part of the European Commission’s, Safer Internet Programme and part of the European Insafe network. For the last three years, since the creation of the Croatian SIC, he has worked as the Awareness coordinator for the Croatian Safer Internet Centre where he has held more than one hundred presentations and educations about online safety to children, parents, teachers, police officers, social care workers and companies in Croatia. As an expert speaker in the field of online safety he has been working with the European Commission, TAIEX instrument, on four expert missions to Belarus, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia to present the topic of online safety to government officials, NGO’s and stakeholders as well as presented as a keynote and guest speaker at European conferences on the topics of new and emerging trends and applications being used by children and youth online.

For the last ten years he has been working in the field of social media marketing, online advertising as well as maintaining the online and media presence for companies and NGO’s that he has worked with. Boris lead and contributed to the creation of Awareness tools, resources and materials, as well as created innovative campaigns for the Croatian SIC on the topic of online safety and safeguarding of children online.

Andy Phippen is an Associate Professor of Social Responsibility in IT at Plymouth Business School. He has carried out research for many years on the public engagement of the Internet, the behavior of the technology sector and impact of ICTs on society.

He has worked as a research partner with SWGfL for five years collaborating on many projects related to young people’s use of Internet technologies and the role of the education professional in the engagement of such.

Recent major projects include a national study to be carried out on young people’s attitudes toward “sexting” and the largest study in the world exploring online safety policy and practice in UK schools. He lectures online safety to teacher trainees at his own University promoting awareness of both young people’s practice and professional identity and the impact of online spaces upon this. He lives in North Cornwall with his family and is vice chair of governors at St Kew Primary, his children’s school.

Jess is a trainer and consultant with a passion for online safety and digital citizenship. With a 1st class degree in Linguistics & Artificial Intelligence and an MBA (distinction), Jess began her career working in IT for a multi-national corporation, followed by a rollercoaster year at a mobile software start-up business.

Following this, Jess moved into the public sector, managing local authority services including learning and development, strategic planning, performance and self-evaluation. Jess has worked closely with colleagues including education, child protection, social work, police, health, elected members and voluntary sector bodies to review and transform services, and to prepare for and respond to inspection.

Throughout her career, Jess has regularly delivered training on a variety of topics, including digital participation and online safety. Jess also volunteers with the NSPCC, providing workshops in schools and for parents. Jess lives near Edinburgh and specialises in online safety within a Scottish context.

Sam is a trainer and consultant with a wide experience of safeguarding and online safety in the charity and youth sector, having worked for organisations like Girlguiding, Voluntary Services Overseas, Kidscape and other smaller charities. Sam's previous roles include working with the NSPCC, where she helped develop online safety education and resources for parents and staff members as part of the O2 NSPCC partnership. Prior to this Sam worked for The Scout Association as a Safeguarding Development Officer. In this role she worked with volunteers, young people and partners across the UK delivering training and developing resources. Sam is passionate about making sure young people's voices are heard and listened to and that adults working with young people understand how to create safe environments and recognise the opportunities the online world brings, in order to be positive online role models to the next generation.

Andy Wood is an experienced secondary school teacher who moved into Flintshire Local Authority in 2002 to support teachers in using ICT across the Curriculum. Since then he has supported hundreds of teachers in improving their digital skills and in understanding how to use technology in their teaching. After managing the education ICT unit in delivering ICT support services for schools, Andy accepted a secondment to the Welsh Government to become their professional advisor on e-Safety as part of the Learning in Digital Wales programme. Andy is passionate about ensuring young people have the necessary skills to keep themselves safe in the online space and works with parents, teachers and young people directly to deliver these key online safety messages.

Online Safety Training FAQs

  • How long are your sessions?

    We can either provide half days, full days or parent’s evenings. Half days are up to three hours, full days are up to six hours, and a parent’s evening on its own usually lasts around an hour and a half, although you can include a parent’s session in a half day or full day instead if you wish.

    We recommend that adult sessions, either to parents, school staff or other professionals, are no shorter than an hour and a half, as there is always a lot to get through! For young people, depending on their age, sessions ought to be between 45 – 90mins. Given these guidelines, you can break up your half day or full day however you like. For instance, in a full day, we could do three pupil sessions with young people of different ages, then a staff development session, followed by a parent’s evening.

    We offer excellent value for money, given the length of the sessions and the expertise of our team.

  • What topics do you cover?

    Due to the nature of online safety, our content is constantly changing. Our standardised sessions cover content like cyberbullying, screen time and online privacy, but we also cover current issues like the latest games, trends, resources, legislation and research.

    Below are the general topics we offer for sessions. If your school or organisation has particular areas of concern, you can let us know and we can make sure we get these covered.

    • Online Bullying
    • Gaming
    • Protecting staff
    • Personal Privacy and Security
    • Child Sexual Exploitation
    • Engaging parents
    • Sexting
    • Virtual self-harm
    • Impact of technology use on development, physical and mental health
    • Online sexual predation and grooming
    • Current research overview
    • Online Safeguarding Regulation and Legislation
    • Inspection
    • Educating online safety
    • Features of effective online safety policy and practice
  • What type of organisation do you deliver to?

    We can provide training to a wide range of organisations such as schools, councils, colleges and Universities, early years settings, police, foster care teams, social workers, health teams, safeguarding groups and more. We also present at conferences across the UK and internationally, on a range of topics regarding online safety.

  • Who do you deliver online safety training sessions to?

    We can provide online safety training sessions for a wide range of groups. We offer sessions for children and young people, from 3 to 25 years old. We also deliver sessions to parents and carers, and also to any professional working with or for young people, be it school staff, foster carers, police, social workers, and many more.

  • Who do you deliver online safety training sessions to?

    You will receive a certificate that your staff has attended online safety training with us, and we can also provide a separate certificate for pupils

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