AFA Carers Participating in NSPCC Research Project

The NSPCC is undertaking research in support of one of its key goals, which is to ‘keep children safe from online abuse’ with a key outcome being ‘more adults know how to keep children safe online’. This research will enhance the NSPCC’s understanding of foster carers’ confidence and ability in keeping children safe online and support the development of tools and potentially further services to support carers.

The initial focus group explored participants’ attitudes towards children and the internet and their knowledge, confidence and ability in keeping children safe online.

Participants will now undertake the NSPCC’s e-learning training, which includes the following topics:

  • How children use the internet and technology
  • The risks children take online
  • Harmful content online
  • Online radicalisation and extremism
  • Sharing personal content and ‘sexting’
  • Sexual offending against children online
  • Bullying online
  • Supporting parents and carers
  • Supporting children and young people
  • How to make organisations safer places for children to go online

The focus group will meet again to evaluate the effectiveness and their experience of this training and to gather their thoughts, suggestions and recommendations on further training and/or resources that would support them to keep children safe online.