Free online safety briefings for professionals across the UK

20 Sep 2018 Becca Cawthorne

Our free online safety events are back after the summer holidays! These sessions aim to help the children’s workforce safeguard children and young people, and support their wellbeing in a digital world.

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Who delivers these sessions?

The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, has been delivering this programme up and down the country for the past 5 years.  In over 350 events, the SWGfL have spoken to over 15,000 thousand professionals, 98% of which said they felt better equipped to protect the children they work with as a result of attending one of the briefings.

Who are the sessions for?

These events are for anyone who works with children and young people. Professionals who have attended the events have included teachers and wider school staff, police officers, health and social workers, adoption and foster professionals, youth workers, local authority, safeguarding professionals and many more.

What long are the sessions and what do they include?

The sessions are completely free to attend, and provide the most up to date information on internet safety including the latest issues, trends, resources, research, legislation and advice. The presentation content for these events is updated regularly, ensuring they always cover the latest online safety news and issues. Operating the Professionals Online Safety Helpline gives us a unique insight into the issues that professionals are facing every day, and this knowledge is used to shape the presentations at these events.

Each session is two hours long and is delivered locally to you. The presenters travel the length and breadth of the country to make sure professionals don’t have to go far to attend an Online Safety Live event.

All delegates receive exclusive access to a range of resources following the session as well as the presentation that was given on the day for future reference. You will also receive a certificate in your resource list, and it can be counted towards your CPD as you will have the latest knowledge in the field.

However for bespoke online safety training for your school or organisation, South West Grid for Learning also runs specialised training, and you can find information here. 

Where will the sessions take place?

In September the sessions will be held in Scotland and the South West of England, and in October will be in Wales. For a full itinerary of cities and towns Online Safety Live are visiting, please visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

You can also register through the site, which takes a few seconds. Events do fill up so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

Here is a glimpse of dates and locations planned for the academic year:


  • 24th –27th: Events in the South West of England
  • 25th – 26th: Events in Scotland


  • 8th – 12th: Events in Wales


  • 20th – 23rd: Events in Northumbria


  • 28th Jan – 1st Feb: Events in Northern Ireland


  • 11th – 15th: Events in the Midlands


  • 11th – 15th: Events in the South East and Central South of England


  • 1st – 5th: Events in Wales


  • 13th – 17th: Events in East Anglia and Essex


  • 10th – 14th: Events in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire

How to book

For more information and to book a place visit the UK Safer Internet website or email us at We will keep adding events as we arrange them through the year so please keep checking the website for more information and updates.

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