We checked in with Lynsey Elms from our Wings School Notts who has recently qualified as a CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) Ambassador for the day and residential school.
The CEOP Ambassador course is a one-day train the trainer online course delivered by the NCA-CEOP Education Team. CEOP Ambassadors can access the online CEOP Ambassador community, with peer support opportunities, discussion boards and an Ambassador newsfeed.
The CEOP Ambassador course provides an in-depth look at:
- NCA-CEOP and how to report online sexual abuse and exploitation.
- How children and young people use the internet, social media and online technologies.
- The nature and impact of online sexual offending against children and young people.
- Responding effectively to incidents of nude image sharing.
- How to deliver strong preventative education on online sexual abuse and exploitation across age groups.
Lyndsey said “As a CEOP Ambassador I am now able to deliver the ‘Thinkuknow Introduction’ course to professionals working with children and young people. The course consists of 5 modules, 3 of which are compulsory, that on completion will mean that delegates are given the 'Trainer' status whereby they are able to deliver the programme and share a wide range of resources to the children and young people they work with.
The Thinkuknow approach -
'Today's children are growing up online, and make little distinction between life online and off. Their use of online games, apps and services plays a crucial role in the development of their identities, friendships, relationships, passions and aspirations. It is essential that we respond by offering them high-quality education based on the best available evidence.' - Head of Education, CEOP
Thinkuknow messaging goes beyond traditional ‘online safety’ education and includes broader topics around relationships, sex and the internet. The internet is integral to children’s social interaction and development, and will inevitably play a critical role in their exploration of relationships as they grow.
This will expose young people to opportunities as well as risks, therefore it is essential that they are provided with the knowledge and skills to navigate their online exploration of these issues in the safest way possible.
Congratulations Lynsey, what a fantastic asset for the school and the children.
If you are interested in finding out more about placements and referrals then please contact 0800 024 6985 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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