Online Safety and Digital Wellbeing Forum

Confidence varies around online safety in residential care, and there are few support options for those wanting to develop their practice. We have partnered with SWGfL to provide quarterly workshops for those wanting to take a lead in supporting digital wellbeing and online safety for children in residential care and supported accommodation.

We’ve been working with the South West Grid for Learning to develop a regular forum for an online safety lead in every residential home in England. Running alongside our other residential support communities (for leads for child exploitation and young people’s participation) the meetings will be co-hosted by dialogue and SWGfL.  We will be meeting three or four times a year to support your online safety lead with information, free self-assessment tools, expertise around Children’s Homes regulations and the internet and the opportunity to share ideas, concerns and practice with other leads in children’s homes across the country.

Online safety leads have access to:

  • a regular 2-3 hour online forum every 3 months
  • supported checklists to ensure your setting’s practice is up to speed
  • CPD, project/group work on shared goals and an opportunity to share ideas, problems and successes with other leads
  • speakers on relevant topics
  • facilitation by highly experienced leaders from SWGfL and dialogue
  • ad hoc initial advice and support to members in between sessions
  • ideas for policy development, staff training and support
  • relevant research and publications as they become available so your staff are always up to date

This is a great opportunity to ensure there is a real focus on the growing risks of the digital world for some of the most vulnerable children in the country and to create the capacity and learning opportunities for your team to develop.

Membership is open to anyone working to support those children in care.

forum information and booking:

Dates for 2024 are 1-4pm on the following dates:

  • 5th March 2024
  • 29th May 2024
  • 16th September 2024
  • 26th November 2024

To join the Online Safety and Digital Wellbeing Forum, please complete the form below:

Other communities of interest groups….

We also run other forums for specialist support in the residential community for participation leads, children with disabilities, residential leadership group, exploitation leads and safer recruitment leads.


The groups are run on an annual membership fee of £99+vat for each community of interest. We are keen to make the model accessible and supportive to residential homes, so additional memberships will access a £20 discount, meaning subsequent members from your home to the same group or to a different group will cost £79+vat each.

membership for homes

As we’ve grown these communities, we are now able to offer homes one representative at each of the six communities of interest memberships for just £399+vat for annual membership.

If you are a multi home organisation and would like to sign up several homes for this offer – please contact us to discuss the possibilities of further discounts directly on 01803 493030.

Further training opportunities….

dialogue host a full catalogue of training courses as well as offering various memberships and networking opportunities.

More details here