Digital and Online Safeguarding: Why This Is More Than E-Safety or Standard & Contextual Safeguarding

Delivered by

Cath Knibbs


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In Person | Online

Duration options

1 hr | 2 hr | 3 hr | 4 hr | 6 hr (1 day) | 12 hr (2 day)


This training can be adapted across a diverse range of contexts and participants, and further bespoke elements can be added on request.

Content Summary:

What are your responsibilities and what do you need to do when encountering these topics when working with children? The course will guide and reassure you in safeguarding protocols and policies.

Going beyond standard online safety training, this course looks to the nuances and complexities of working with safeguarding issues that appear online.

It covers how you as the professional can have conversations with children and young people to help keep them safe, and how to recognise issues that relate to the online world away from the screen.

Topics covered include:

  • Sensitive Issues
  • Stalking
  • Trolling
  • Grooming
  • Gender Spaces Online
  • Access to age-restricted products and services
  • Circumnavigation of parental controls
  • Contextual issues
  • Brief introduction to the course ‘accessing adult material’.


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Training delivered by

Cath Knibbs

Cath is a Clinical Doctoral Researcher, Online Harms Consultant, Public Speaker, Author (of 4 books to date), Educator and TEDx Speaker. She is a Child/Adult Trauma Psychotherapist. She works with global organisations regarding child sexual abuse material, Mental health and Immersive Technologies and the harms that can occur in the new digital spaces. She writes about, and works with, Cybertrauma (trauma that occurs through an internet-ready device or medium). This is much more than Online Harms covers in its remit to date. She also educates therapists and practitioners via her company Privacy4 about Data protection/privacy/cybersecurity issues in relation to their practice. She disrupts and advocates for children’s rights, privacy, and online digital explorations. Catherine is also a Director for Online Safety UK and the mental health advisor for Gamersbeatcancer CIC

Information about Catherine can be found on her website where she discusses tech geekery, gaming and its use in therapeutic situations (of sorts), trauma psychotherapy using biofeedback/tech and gaming to elicit Post Traumatic Growth, healing and flow.

Her recently published book Children, Technology and Healthy Development focuses on the ‘why’ we do what we do in cyberspace, and how to help children, young people and adults. There are two more books to follow in mid-2023 on Online Harm for practitioners.