Online Safety Network

Next meeting| 9th December, 10am – 12 noon.

Become a Community Champion for Online Safety (Children and Young People)

How will young people in Enfield benefit?
What are radicalisation and grooming?
Community Champions for Online Safety | Peer-Support Network
How will community groups hosting the Community Champions benefit?
One-to-one Support for groups engaging in the Network
How to join the Community Champion Online Safety Network.

How will young people in Enfield benefit?

The Online Safety Network, training, capacity building and connections aim to empower Community Champions to create safe spaces where young people can

  • find a trusted adult or peer to disclose information to;
  • feel a sense of belonging / identity with a positive group of peers;
  • be listened to and respected;
  • be inspired and hear positive messages from role models;
  • problem solve with connections to appropriate services (for example, training & volunteering);
  • get information and tools to identify radicalisation and signs of grooming.

What are radicalisation and grooming?

Radicalisation is understood to be threats to young people by exposure to ideologies, such as right wing extremists, and the misrepresentations of religions to encourage support of terrorist organisations or support for extreme or harmful ideas.
Grooming is understood to be a situation when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them.
Radicalisation, right wing extremism and grooming have been a rising concern, and during Covid restrictions these risks increased. More children and young people were online, at a younger age, for longer periods, and less supervised.

Community Champions for Online Safety | Peer-Support Network

Local community groups can apply for up to 2 members of staff or long-term volunteers to become Community Champions for Online Safety (Children & Young People), each supporting and mentoring 10-20 young people.

  • Community Champions for Online Safety will receive relevant training and provide support to each other in a peer-support Network, meeting monthly.
  • Groups hosting the Community Champions will be able to access specific training, and support to apply for funding, to sustain their activities for young people, and to develop their projects and practice in addressing radicalisation and grooming.
  • The Online Safety Network will meet monthly over 6 sessions for training, network updates, and peer learning.
  • Community Champions will report back on the progress of the 10-20 young people each supports (using a protocol outlined in a data sharing agreement that means evidence is shown without any personal data).

How will community groups hosting the Community Champions benefit?

Community groups that host Community Champions for Online Safety will be able to access specialist safeguarding training courses to strengthen knowledge and understanding of safeguarding practice and Enfield Prevent; and receive one-to-one support over 6 months to sustain their activities for young people, and to develop their projects and practice to address radicalisation and grooming.

One-to-one support for groups engaging in the Network will include

  • project development,
  • working in partnerships,
  • promoting your service,
  • funding advice, and
  • support to make relevant funding applications.

How to join the Community Champion Online Safety Network

Next meeting| 9th December 2021
Time | 10am – 12 noon

If you are unable to attend on this date you will still be able to join the Network. Contact Us if you would like to be added to the Network mailing list.

This project has been devised and developed by EVA and is funded by Enfield Prevent.

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