Keeping Children Safe Online (KCSO)
A newly updated online introductory e-learning course for professionals
Keeping Children Safe Online (KCSO) will help you will help you understand how children use the internet and other digital technology, and how to help keep them safe from abuse. It's a joint initiative between the NSPCC and the NCA's CEOP command, aimed at any organisation or professional working with children.
It will help you to think about the issues that young people face online and the challenge that you have as a professional to protect and educate them. It will help you to review the provision that you have in place whatever context you are in and signpost you to further help, support and advice.
The KCSO modules will cover:
- how children use the internet and technology
- the risks children take online
- harmful content online
- online radicalisation and extremism
- sharing and sexting
- sexual offending against children online
- bullying online
- supporting parents and carers
- supporting children and young people
- how to make organisations safer places for children to go online
Each section takes about 20-25 minutes to complete, taking approximately 3 and a half hours to complete in total. Each section is followed by a series of questions, and at the end you’ll be given a full explanation of the correct and incorrect answers. Once you've successfully completed it you can download a personalised certificate of achievement.
The course costs £30, with all proceeds going to the NSPCC. The e-learning modules can be completed at your convenience, so it is a time and cost-effective alternative to face-to-face training for those organisations and professionals with a need to increase their knowledge and understanding of online risks to children.
Those who complete the course and who register for access to CEOP’s Thinkuknow educational resources will be awarded Thinkuknow Trainer status, with access to our full range of resources for delivery to young people and parents/carers.
Here’s what professionals have to say about the original course…
“This is a comprehensive general introduction to the area of e-safety which will enable professionals working with children to identify and manage risks with confidence. Many thanks!”
“Really useful course. Clearly outlines each module and provides useful links and videos to support information provided.”
“I think the course is great. The fact that it costs a little, can be done at own pace and covers the organisation response as well as warnings makes it a professional support I would recommend someone in a school take part in.”
This programme acts as a good starting point for the CEOP Ambassador course. Once you have completed Keeping Children Safe Online, we recommend you consider taking this course to continue to develop your knowledge.
Interested in the course?
For enquiries and bookings relating to KCSO please contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, or firstname.lastname@example.org or you can purchase the course online at www.nspcc.org.uk/kcso.
Completed the course and interested in accessing CEOP’s Thinkuknow resources?
If you have completed KCSO and you are interested in accessing the full range of CEOP’s Thinkuknow resources for delivery to young people parents/carers please register here.
Once you have completed your registration please email CEOP’s Education Team at: email@example.com. Please provide the subject heading ‘KCSO’ and in the email include:
- your Thinkuknow username (i.e the professional email address you have registered with)
- attach a copy of your KCSO certificate as proof of completing the course
- proof of your suitability to work with children and young people
Proof of your suitability to work with children and young people may take the following forms:
- for law enforcement officers a copy of their warrant card or work ID
- for all other professionals (i.e. teachers, social workers, youth workers) this should be a clean Enhanced CRB issued within the last 3 years or a DBS certificate issued since 1st December 2012. If your Enhanced CRB has not been issued within the past 3 years or you have been in continuous employment in a role working with children for the past 10 years we also require a letter on headed paper from your organisation, signed by a manager stating the following:
“This is to confirm that we have undertaken a risk assessment of [Insert Delegate Name] and are satisfied that they are suitable to work with children and young people.”
Following your completion of KCSO you may be interested in further developing your understanding of the online risks to children by becoming a CEOP Ambassador. Further information, including eligibility and bookings, is available here.