Drawing on the latest research, theory and practice, this is the first book to provide social workers with an evidence-based, practical guide to safeguarding children and young people from abuse, in a world of sexting, selfies and snap chat.
It presents an overview of the key e-safety and online risks to children and young people, including dark play, digital self-harm, and online grooming, sexualisation, bullying, offending and radicalisation. It also examines online boundaries, relationships and identity and the future of technologies.
Case study examples and discussion of key principles will help social workers consider, mitigate and manage online risks and their effects for safeguarding children and young people, and their families and carers.
“Claudia Megele’s argument is well made and comprehensive, it is hard not to agree with what she asserts and she has research to back up her assertions… Overall, it is a book that I would highly recommend to any practitioner working with young people, whether that is in the field of social work, psychotherapy, psychology or teaching.” Journal of Social Work Practice
“This is a much needed book which should be essential reading. I commend it most warmly and hope it will be very well used." The Rt. Hon. The Lord Herbert Laming
“This book is unique in its approach as it encourages parents and professionals to consider online risks in a critical and systematic manner and in the context of enhancing children’s development and digital citizenship. What we need is a positive and enabling approach to effective safeguarding and this book does just that.” Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England
"I warmly welcome this overdue, vital and measured guide to the safeguarding of children online. It provides comprehensive and practical guidance for the safeguarding of children and invaluable but pragmatic guidance to child protection staff, to parents, to teachers and to other professionals working with children.” Sir Prof. Martin Narey, Former CEO of Bernardos and visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University
Claudia Megele is Head of Service for Quality Assurance and Principal Social Worker at Wiltshire Council and a Fellow of the National Institute of Health Research.
Chapter 1. Digital Lives and Cyborg Childhood
Chapter 2. Online Identity and Digital Citizenship and Boundaries
Chapter 3. The 10 C’s Psycho-Socio-Ecological model for holistic safeguarding
Chapter 4. Play and Online Video Games
Chapter 5. “Internet Addiction”, Problematic Use of Online Media and Online Gambling
Chapter 6. Sexting
Chapter 7. Online Grooming and Sexual Abuse
Chapter 8. Cyberbullying
Chapter 9. Cybercrime, online offending and Youth Justice
Chapter 10. Online Radicalisation
Chapter 11. Future of Technology and its Safeguarding Challenges