Safeguarding and Online Youth Work

UK Youth, NYA and The Mix have partnered to bring together relevant advice, guidance, support and tools for youth workers, young people and organisations during the COVID 19 pandemic.

This helpful guide includes information on using technology to deliver youth work provision and responding to safeguarding risks when working with young people online.

How can you manage safeguarding risks online?

  • Ensure that young people have their parents’/guardians’ consent to take part in the online session and request that parents/guardians are present whenever possible.
  •  If your young person is below the age of 13, then almost all online platforms will require their parents/guardians to sign in on their behalf or authorise their accounts.
  •  You should only run online sessions if you have enough youth workers in each virtual environment depending on numbers of young people involved.
  • Avoid using personal social media to engage in remote sessions and do not share personal details with young people over any communication platform.

Read the Guide to Digital Youth Work