Vulnerable Children and online safety

Since we published our report, Vulnerable Children in a Digital World, in partnership with Youthworks, in February, we have been swamped with expressions of interest and questions about what next, so we wanted to let you know our plans.

We’ve been delighted with the response to the research – over 22,000 people have seen our report online and staff from Youthworks and Internet Matters have regularly spoken about this research at conferences all over Great Britain.

In addition to interest from professionals, policymakers have been keen to hear about these insights too. The former Digital Minister Margot James launched our report and the Minister for Vulnerable People, Victoria Atkins was instrumental in ensuring we received the unanimous support of the UK Centre for Internet Safety (UKCIS) Executive Board to chair a working group on this subject.  The group launched in late August.

Our vision is to equip the parents and professionals surrounding vulnerable children and young people with the resources they need to successfully intervene in the digital lives of the children in their care.  We’ve labelled it a working group for a reason – this is not a ‘show and tell’ talking group, it’s a gathering of experts pooling their knowledge to make something more than the sum of its parts.

We’ll be regularly blogging on our work– within the UKCIS working group and beyond it, so please check back for updates.  Also, if you would like to have a chat about how your organisation could contribute to this work, please email [email protected].

Resources document

Read our Vulnerable children in a digital world‘  to highlight how children’s offline vulnerabilities can help us identify what types of risks they may face online.

See report