About us

Inclusive Digital Safety is a joint initiative between SWGfL and Internet Matters, providing help, support, and advice for parents and professionals supporting the digital lives of children and young people with special education needs and disabilities, young people who are care-experienced and those who identify as LGBTQ+.

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Who are SWGfL?

SWGfL, are a not for profit charity with a mission for every child to benefit from technology free from harm. Being one of the partners within the UK Safer Internet Centre, they create innovative services, tools and content, and shape policy, nationally and globally in their extensive work with online safety.

SWGfL has been at the forefront of online safety for the past two decades. They have advised schools, public bodies, industry and governments on appropriate actions to take in regards to safeguarding and advancing positive online safety policies and practices.

As well as offering online safety training sessions for professionals, SWGfL also operate the Professionals Online Safety Helpline (POSH) and the Report Harmful Content platform which supports those looking to remove harmful online content.

Their products such as the award-winning 360 Degree Safe tool has helped over 14,000 schools review their online safety policy and practice and the anonymous reporting tool Whisper has allowed schools to stay in touch with their community whilst giving students the confidence to speak up.

Their outstanding work has brought online safety to the forefront of public attention, ensuring everyone can develop their understanding of what online safety truly means in an ever-changing world.

More about Inclusive Digital Safety

Inclusive Digital Safety is a collaborative project between Internet Matters and SWGfL dedicated to providing practical advice to ensure all children and young people benefit from connected technology safely.

Research demonstrates that children experiencing vulnerabilities are more exposed to online harm, particularly child sexual abuse. This project seeks to provide the adults working with children with vulnerabilities with the advice and help they need to support young people to ensure they navigate the internet safely.

The hub aims to support children and young people with SEND, care-experienced children and young people, and those who identify as LGBTQ+. There are four key sections:

We’d encourage you to use our supporters’ pack to share the resource with as many parents, carers, and professionals to raise awareness of the hub. Email us at [email protected] if you need further support.

Resources

Vulnerable Children in a digital world

Highlighting online risks vulnerable children may face and the support they need

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Meet our experts

We have worked extensively with experts in their field to ensure the advice given on this site is detailed and relevant to each community of children. The specialists we have worked with are:

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Rachel Smith

Senior Features and Content Editor at Ditch the Label

Ditch the Label is an international youth charity, supporting young people aged 12-25 through the issues that affect them the most. Whether that’s bullying, mental health, relationships, or identity, we’re here to pick you up when you’re feeling low, by your side when you feel alone, and above all, here when you need us the most. Ditch the Label specialises in any issue that young people deal with, but specifically issues around bullying and mental wellbeing. Visit site

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Claire Spinks

Consultant Headteacher

Claire has 26 years’ teaching experience, including 15 as headteacher. She has worked in a variety of schools of varying sizes with differing socio-economic backgrounds across the country. She is passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for pupils identified as SEND and has led cross-school Inset and advised on SEND practice for over 20 years. She has experience of opening two resource provision bases for high-needs children providing for children with significant social, emotional, and mental health difficulties.

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Dr. Simon P Hammond

Lecturer in Education

Dr Simon P Hammond is an Applied Psychologist interested in how digital technologies continue to reshape everyday social possibilities for action across the life course and the mental health and resilience implications of our increasingly online world. His work explores how marginalised young and older people experience default assumptions of digital inclusion, participation and equality. Visit site

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Doug Johnson

Digital Safeguarding Consultant

As a foster carer looking after more than 60 teenagers over the last 23 years, my goal is to improve children and carers lives by demystifying and supporting the use of technology in the fostering family & residential care environments. Our family has fostered through MSN & MySpace to TikTok & Telegram; from games like space invaders & worms to Minecraft & Fortnite; from paper diaries & faxes to emails & online services like CHARMS. This gives me a broad experience and understanding of technology used by both carers and those they care for.

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Professor Emma Bond

Director of Research, Head of the Graduate School and Professor of Socio-Technical Research at the University of Suffolk

She has extensive research experience focusing on online risk and vulnerable groups, especially in relation to domestic abuse, revenge pornography, sexual abuse, and image-based abuse. Emma has nearly 20 years teaching experience on social science undergraduate and post-graduate courses and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Katie Tyrell

Research Associate at the University of Suffolk

Katie is undertaking a PhD investigating young people’s use of digital technologies in their intimate relationships. Her research interests centre around online safeguarding, mental health, and wellbeing of children and young people, as well as participatory and creative methods.

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 Dr. Martin Hanbury

Executive Headteacher

Dr. Martin Hanbury is the Executive Headteacher of the Chatsworth Multi Academy Trust which serves children and young people with SLD, PMLD, and autism. Martin has worked in the field of SEND for over 30 years in a variety of roles and a range of contexts. He has published several books and articles focusing on pupils with autism and works as a consultant and trainer across the field of SEND.

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Jane Bradley

Senior lecturer

Jane Bradley is a senior lecturer at the University of Chester and Programme Leader of the BA and MA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. She has worked in a variety of schools including primary, secondary and special since 1992. Her work leading a pupil referral unit (PRU) from 2002 to 2010 ignited her passion to support our most vulnerable children and she went on to work in a variety of senior leadership roles leading SEND. Visit site

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Allan Torr

 Education Consultant, Trustee at Education, and Leadership Trust multi-academy trust.

Allan has held senior leadership positions in a number of primary schools in different local authorities including being a headteacher in north Manchester. For 11 years, Allan was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. At Ofsted, he was the regional lead for initial teacher education, the regional lead trainer, and a national trainer for equality and diversity. Since 2019 he has been working as a Manchester LA quality assurance professional.

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 Dr. Peter Jordan

Independent Social Work Academic

Peter has been involved in Social Care and Social Work for over 25 Years. He has worked in a variety of children and families social work settings, including Safeguarding, Early Years, and community-based preventative work. Peter worked as a lecturer in social work at the University of East Anglia for 12 years and was a member of the Centre for Research with Children and Families there.
Areas of interest: Professional Ethics, Interprofessional Working, Children and Young People in Care.

Making the internet safer and more inclusive

Together with SWGfL we've created this hub to provide online safety advice and guidance to support parents & professionals working with children and young people experiencing vulnerabilities.

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