Online Safeguarding and Support for Young People Who Identify as LGBTQ+

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Online Safeguarding and Support for Young People Who Identify as LGBTQ+

This webinar will provide senior leaders and teaching staff with a greater awareness of the online risks to children and young people who identifying as LGBTQ+, as well as exploring the reasons that certain threats in the digital world are heightened for the members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Research by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network found that close to half (42%) of young LGBTQ+ internet users report being harassed or bullied online – a figure three times higher than among young straight internet users. This webinar suggests practical ways to ensure that young people identifying as LGBTQ+ are effectively safeguarded – such as ensuring proper training of all school staff, recognising the potential signs of vulnerability, and adopting appropriate strategies for prevention and intervention in the event of a harmful situation online.

Here, experienced safeguarding practitioner Beth Davies – with reference to relevant statistics and government guidelines – highlights the breadth and scope of this issue, and outlines why it is increasingly essential that schools and colleges stay informed and educated on the topic.

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing a fuller understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and what it actually means when a child or young person identifies as LGBTQ+

  • Increasing awareness and comprehension of the key legislation and guidance around supporting and safeguarding children and young people who identify as LGBTQ+

  • Recognising the potential online harms for LGBTQ+ children and young people – such as cyber-bullying and online hate – and realising their impact on mental health

  • Gaining insight into practical ways that schools can mitigate risks and intervene effectively to safeguard LGBTQ+ pupils in the online world

  • Building an appreciation of how to create a safe, supportive environment for LGBTQ+ children and young people to make online safety disclosures

Beth Davies

About The Expert

Beth Davies

Safeguarding Consultant aiming to demystify safeguarding by empowering staff using education and counselling experience.
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