Online Safety Training

Specialist training for pupils, staff and parents from the leading experts in online safety

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What we offer

Our team deliver a wide range of Online Safety sessions to organisations that work with children and young people. We visit schools, places of higher education, national and international conferences, and settings for police, foster carers, council and LSCBs, government, health and social carers and Ofsted.

All our sessions are bespoke; we discuss specific needs with the organisation beforehand, and use surveys to get a deeper understanding of online issues and how people feel about the online world, and afterwards we write presentations accordingly.

  • We deliver sessions to:

    • Children & young people - We offer training sessions to young people starting from Early Years, and going all the way to Higher Education. Our sessions for children are interactive and up-to-date, we talk to young people at their level about the technology they are using today. We encourage discussion and interaction and because of this we usually seek to keep the group sizes to a maximum of 60 children.
    • School staff & professionals - Our staff sessions can range from general online safety awareness raising to CPD, managing your professional reputation and Multi-Agency Training.
    • Parents & carers - This session provides parents with a window into the current popular technologies and how young people utilise them. Demonstrating the massive positives and potential pitfalls, the interactive presentation provides parents with advice, coping strategies and resources to help them understand and engage with their child’s online lives.
  • Our experts can cover a range of topics and are happy to discuss your needs beforehand to tailor a session. Possible subjects include:

    • online bullying
    • gaming
    • protecting staff
    • personal privacy & security
    • child sexual exploitation
    • engaging parents
    • sexting
    • virtual self-harm
    • impact of technology use on development, physical and mental health
    • online sexual predatation & grooming
    • current research overview
    • online safeguarding regulation & legislation
    • inspection
    • educating online safety
    • effective online safety policy & practice
  • Our team of online safety experts are based throughout the whole of the UK so we can come to you and are happy to deliver sessions in any setting.

Why choose SWGfL?

SWGfL is a charitable trust dedicated to the safe and secure use of technology in education. We have a global reputation in online safety, shaping curriculums in the UK and beyond for over 15 years. Here are some of the things that help us stand out:

  • Advisors to the UK Children's Workforce

    We operate the Professionals Online Safety Helpline, the only helpline in the European Insafe network dedicated to supporting the children's workforce with online safety issues in schools and youth settings. On the helpline, we work closely with social media partners, so we know their privacy and safety features first hand and often help to shape them. We hear about the latest trends and concerns every day and we feed them into our training. 

  • Lead Partner of the UK Safer Internet Centre

    Our training programme is delivered as part of our work in the UK Safer Internet Centre. Co-funded by the Europen Commission, the Centre strives to promote the safe and responsible use of technology. We are one of 31 Safer Internet Centres in the Insafe network that work to make Europe a safer place for young people to be online.

  • Trusted by Governments

    We work with Welsh Government to deliver Online Safety Training to teachers and school staff across Wales. Our trainers are regularly invited to deliver the latest in Online Safety to Her Majesty's School Inspectors from Ofsted. We work with international partners to deliver training to private and public schools across the United Arab Emirates.

How much?

Our pricing structure is simple. Our expert's time is divided into a half day or full day and we can work with you to design a schedule that fits into that time depending on audience and session type. All prices are exclusive of travel and VAT.

  • Half Day £475

    This gives you up to 3 hours of our consultants time. Exclusive of travel and VAT.

  • Full Day £700

    This gives you up to 6 hours of our consultants time. Exclusive of travel and VAT.

  • Parent Evening £300

    A 60 - 90 minute session. Exclusive of travel and VAT.

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Really honest, down to earth and relevant training. Will definitely improve my practise in educating the appropriate behaviour online

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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 Corish, Online Safety Manager

    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 Wright, UKSIC Director

    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 Richards, Online Safety Consultant

    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.

  • Sgt. Stephen Shepherd, Police Officer Support

    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 Williams, Online Safety Consultant

    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 Radanovic, Online Safety Officer

    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, Professor of Social Responsibility in IT

    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 McBeath, Online Safety Consultant

    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.

  • Samantha Marks, Online Safety Consultant

    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, Online Safety Consultant

    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.

  • Alan Earl, Online Safety Consultant

    Alan is a former police officer who, after spending six years working on an Internet Child Abuse team, began to focus on preventative and education work around online issues. Alan has also served with the police in Bermuda. With years of experience of intelligence work, his former role concentrated on dangerous and paedophile offenders.

    9 years of secondment with the South West Grid for Learning and UK Safer Internet Centre enabled Alan to further his knowledge and expertise including fostering a greater understanding of school policies and practice and a much greater connection with young people and professionals working in schools or the online safety field.

    Working with police (CEOP children’s champion of the year 2007), education, health, fostering and adoption agencies and other public and private agencies Alan has developed presentations to promote a wide and balanced view of online safety and protection in both the adult and child worlds. His unique position has led to him presenting at conferences as far afield as Singapore, Africa and parts of Europe.

    As an Independent Consultant Alan continues to work across multi agencies and, importantly, with children from whom he learns all the time, discussing their internet lives. This allows Alan to offer real and practical advice to all on the current issues and challenges the Internet offers along with the real positives.

  • Gareth Cort, Online Safety Specialist

    Gareth is an online safety specialist who writes content for a number of SWGfL educational projects, as well as delivering educational sessions in schools across the UK on behalf of SWGfL and independently. He is an experienced primary teacher, father of three and a former school governor, as well as an accredited 360 Degree Safe Assessor. Gareth also previously worked as part of the education team at Childnet International, one of the partners in the UK Safer Internet Centre.

    When it comes to online safety, he is particularly interested in young people’s use of new and emerging technologies, the possible impact of technology and the internet on mental health and the challenge of supporting young people with special educational needs to safely navigate and enjoy online services.

  • Karl Online Safety Content Specialist/Helpline Coordinator

    Karl Hopwood is an independent online safety expert. He is a member of UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) and sits on the UKCCIS evidence group and the UKCCIS education group as well as on the advisory board for the UK Safer Internet Centre and the education advisory board for CEOP. He also sits on Twitter’s trust and safety council where he represents the Insafe network. Karl has worked for a number of key players in the UK and abroad including CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), BECTA (British Educational and Communications Technology Agency), the European Commission, the UN and several Local Authorities within the UK and in Europe.

    As an ex primary headteacher, he continues to work closely in schools across Europe with children, young people, parents and teachers to develop safer online behaviours and the promotion of digital literacy. Karl has been employed for the last 11 years as an in-house consultant for INSAFE which is the coordinating node of the EU Better Internet for Kids programme where he is responsible for the coordination of safer internet helplines across Europe. Karl is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Marie Collins Foundation, a charity which supports young people who have been sexually abused and exploited online and is also a trustee of Childnet International.