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Collaboration

2. Collaboration

Working together with UK-wide partners and other organisations to take coordinated actions to meet our common aims.


  • The Welsh Government will work with UK Safer Internet Centre to support the delivery of online safety events including the annual Safer Internet Day, stakeholder preparation sessions and Online Safety Live briefings. 

    In 2019–20, six ‘Online Safety Briefings’ were delivered as part of the UK Safer Internet Centre outreach work delivering an overview on online safety to 91 people. Sessions were held in Porthcawl, Llanelli, Cardiff, Deeside, Anglesey and Wrexham. Attendees included professionals from education, health and social services. Due to the impact of COVID-19 during March 2020, four briefings were cancelled.

    The 2019–20 Safer Internet Day Stakeholder Information Event organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre was held on Wednesday 13 November 2019 in Cardiff. The event, attended by a range of educators and organisations, provided an opportunity to hear directly from the UK Safer Internet Centre about the 2020 campaign, and discuss and exchange ideas for collaborative involvement.

    Planning is under way to mark this annual event again in 2021. Safer Internet Day will take place on 9 February 2021 in Wales.

    We worked with the UK Safer Internet Centre to host a virtual stakeholder information event on 12 November 2020 with the aim of supporting educators and organisers to get involved in Safer Internet Day 2021.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    In 2018–19, eleven ‘Online Safety Briefings’ were delivered as part of the UK Safer Internet Centre outreach work delivering an overview on online safety to 158 people. Sessions were held in Porthcawl, Llanelli, Colwyn Bay, Felinfach, Cardiff, Deeside, Anglesey, Aberystwyth, Caerphilly, Monmouth and Sully. Attendees included those from education, health and social services. Due to low registration, four briefings were cancelled.

    During 2019–20, the UK Safer Internet Centre will deliver ten ‘Online Safety Briefings’ in Wales giving up-to-date information on the latest online safety trends, technologies, issues and research, as well as signposting delegates to resources and advice.

    On Thursday 8 November 2018 the UK Safer Internet Centre held the Safer Internet Day Stakeholder Planning Event at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. This event, attended by a range of stakeholders, provided an opportunity for them to hear directly from the UK Safer Internet Centre about what the 2019 campaign would involve, how they can support it and to exchange ideas about how they can get involved.

    Planning is already under way to mark Safer Internet Day 2020, which will take place on 11 February 2020 in Wales.

    Building on the success of the last event, we will work with the UK Safer Internet Centre to host a Stakeholder Information Event on 13 November 2019 to support organisations to get involved in Safer Internet Day 2020.

    A Safer Internet Day competition for children and young people was launched on the Online Safety Zone on Hwb in September 2019. The winner of the competition will be announced at an official Safer Internet Day event on Safer Internet Day itself.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    As part of its outreach work for the UK Safer Internet Centre programme of ‘Online Safety Briefings’, SWGfL, as partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, will deliver briefing sessions across Wales. The sessions give up-to-date information on the latest online safety trends, technologies, issues and research, as well as signposting delegates to resources and advice. The events are designed specifically for any professional working with children and young people including school staff, safeguarding professionals, youth workers, police, social workers and health professionals.

    The Safer Internet Day stakeholder event will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the collaborative plans for Safer Internet Day each year.

  • The Welsh Government will engage with the UK Government on the development of a UK Internet Safety Strategy and the Online Harms White Paper. 

    In 2019–20, we have continued to engage with the UK Government on the Online Harms agenda.

    We have continued to engage with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Home Office around the online harms agenda. We attended a roundtable session with DCMS, the Home Office and Ofcom.

    During 2021, we will continue to engage with the UK Government on the development of the Online Harms agenda and how that will impact on Wales. We will also continue to engage with respect to the Online Media Literacy Strategy to empower users to make safe decisions in the online environment.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    In 2018–19, we have continued to engage with the UK Government and contributed to the development of the UK Internet Safety Strategy.

    We engaged with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Home Office in the lead up to the publication of the Online Harms White Paper and provided contributions to the ongoing work impacting on online safety in Wales. During the consultation period Welsh Government officials met with officials from DCMS and the Home Office to discuss the details of the Online Harms White Paper and implications for devolved administrations, and subsequently submitted a response to the Online Harms White Paper.

    During 2019–20, we will continue to engage with the UK Government on the development of the UK Internet Safety Strategy and the Online Harms agenda.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    We are engaging with the UK Government and contributing to the development of the UK Internet Safety Strategy.

  • The Welsh Government will continue to participate in the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) to ensure Wales is represented at a UK level. 

    We have continued to be represented at the UKCIS Executive Board meetings and the UKCIS Education Working Group. We are exploring further opportunities to work with UKCIS as part of their Digital Resilience and Vulnerable Users groups.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) is the successor to the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), with an expanded scope to improve online safety for everyone in the UK.

    The Executive Board of UKCIS brings together expertise from a range of organisations in the technology industry, civil society and public sector. During 2018–19, we have been represented at the UKCIS Executive Board meetings ensuring Wales was represented at a UK level. We have also recently become a member of the UKCIS Education Working Group.

    During 2019–20, we will continue to be represented at the UKCIS Executive Board meetings and the UKCIS Education Working Group.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) is a group of more than 200 organisations drawn from across government, industry, law, academia and charity sectors that work in partnership to help keep children and young people safe online. The council was established in 2010 following a review by Professor Tanya Byron discussing, and taking action, on topical issues concerning children’s use of the internet.

  • The Welsh Government will continue to support the National Safeguarding in Education Group, to draw together local authority leads and other partners to share good practice and complete project work in safeguarding. Officials from Welsh Government will attend to represent the Hwb online safety programme of work. 

    During 2019–20, the Safeguarding in Education Group (SEG) has continued to meet. As well as sharing good practice during meetings, SEG has been central to the update of the statutory guidance Keeping learners safe.

    Regular updates on online safety and digital resilience issues have been provided, as well as details of newly published resources and events.

    The SEG members are key stakeholders and their views and expertise continues to contribute to the direction of digital resilience policy.

    We will continue to support SEG to draw together local authority leads and other partners to share good practice and complete project work in safeguarding.

    Online safety and digital resilience continues to be a standard item on the SEG agenda.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    The Safeguarding in Education Group (SEG) has met three times during 2018–19. As well as sharing good practice during meetings, SEG has also helped to develop the revised statutory guidance Keeping learners safe for public consultation. They are regularly updated on our online safety activities with details of newly published resources and events.

    We will continue to support SEG to draw together local authority leads and other partners to share good practice and complete project work in safeguarding. Members will be asked to support the implementation of the revised 'Keeping learners safe' guidance, post-consultation.

    Online safety is now and will continue to be a standard item on the SEG agenda.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    The Safeguarding in Education Group (SEG) comprises of safeguarding leads across all local authorities in Wales, as well as other interested bodies such as Estyn and the Association of Directors of Education in Wales (ADEW). The group meets three times a year to share best practice and deliver an agreed programme of work. SEG also act as informal consultants for Welsh Government policies and projects.

  • The Welsh Government will continue engage with the Personal and Social Education (PSE) Advisory Group, considering online safety issues, as appropriate. The PSE Advisory Group will continue to act as a quality assurance for PSE-type lessons when required.

    We continue to engage with the Personal and Social Education (PSE) Advisory Group, who provide quality assurance on teaching and learning resources before they are published and hosted on Hwb. The Curriculum for Wales framework was published earlier this year, and the group are informed on progress, particularly with regard to the Health and Well-being Area of Learning and Experience and relationships and sexuality education (RSE).

    Action status: Ongoing.

    The Personal and Social Education (PSE) Advisory Group meets three times a year to provide quality assurance on teaching and learning resources before they are published and hosted on Hwb. As recognised specialists in their areas, members of the group have been asked to consider and provide advice on the impact of curriculum reform in Wales relating to the delivery of PSE and the links to the Health and Well-being Area of Learning and Experience in Curriculum for Wales.

    We will continue to use the PSE Advisory Group as a quality assurance for PSE-type lessons as required, and consider online safety issues as appropriate.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    The Personal and Social Education (PSE) Advisory Group has been established to provide a forum for discussing possible ways to support schools to deliver high-quality sessions relating to the Personal and social education framework for 7 to 19-year-olds in Wales.

    The purpose of the PSE Advisory Group is to provide advice guidance and highlight opportunities to support schools in delivering high-quality PSE.

    As recognised specialists in their areas, members of the group provide advice on the impact of curriculum reform in Wales relating to the delivery of PSE and the links to the Health and Well-being Area of Learning and Experience of Curriculum for Wales.

    Members of the group also provide quality assurance on learning and teaching resources before they are published and hosted on Hwb, the digital learning platform for Wales. This is to ensure high-quality consistent teaching support is hosted in one place for easy access for practitioners.

  • Online safety will play a key role in the future of relationships and sexuality education following the recommendations put forward by the Sex and Relationships Education Expert Panel in March 2017. 

    Curriculum for Wales was published in January 2020. It provides a methodology for designing a curriculum which incorporates, where appropriate, opportunities for learners to develop an understanding of relationships and sexuality education (RSE) as a cross-cutting element. Within Curriculum for Wales we are clear that schools and settings should create safe and empowering environments that build upon learners’ own formal and informal learning and experiences, offline and online.

    RSE will include developmentally appropriate learning around the following thematic areas:

    • rights and equity
    • relationships
    • sex, gender and sexuality
    • sexual health and well-being
    • violence, safety and support.

    It is proposed that schools will have a duty to provide RSE. Further guidance will be published before 2022 to support this, including guidance on the topics and learning that support RSE and how each area of learning and experience can contribute to these.

    Statutory guidance will be developed with practitioners and stakeholders over the coming months.

    Action status: In progress.

    We accepted all of the recommendations of the Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) Expert Panel in May 2018. To support the development of Curriculum for Wales, the SRE Expert Panel chair (Professor Renold) has worked with the Health and Well-being Area of Learning and Experience Pioneer Schools to ensure that approaches were coordinated and that pioneers were informed by the work undertaken by the panel.

    The comprehensive body of evidence gathered by the SRE Expert Panel will support us as we take forward approaches to improving the delivery of relationships and sexuality education in schools, in the current and future curriculum.

    Sex and relationships education (SRE) has been renamed to relationships and sexuality education (RSE). This change in name draws on the World Health Organisation’s definition of sexuality education, and will encourage schools to consider the wider array of topics identified in the SRE Expert Panel report and potential links with other areas.

    Earlier this year we consulted on draft relationships and sexuality education (RSE) guidance and a summary of the consultation responses was published in July 2019.

    Action status: In progress.

    Online safety was a key area within the recommendations submitted by the Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) Expert Panel in December 2017. The then Cabinet Secretary for Education accepted those recommendations in principal in May 2018. Online safety will play a key role in the future of relationships and sexuality education (RSE) the new updated name for sex and relationships education (SRE).

  • The Welsh Government will promote the use of the Digital Competence Framework, by continuing to work with schools to embed the necessary digital skills, knowledge and attitudes across the whole curriculum to protect learners online.

    We continued to work with regional consortia to support schools in embedding the range of digital skills across the curriculum. Information from Estyn suggests standards of digital skills have improved across Wales, however we know further work is required to maximise the opportunities within schools to embrace and embed the Digital Competence Framework.

    We worked with the Digital Pioneers to refresh the Digital Competence Framework to align with Curriculum for Wales. The refreshed Digital Competence Framework was published in January 2020, alongside Curriculum for Wales guidance.

    We will continue to work with practitioners and regional consortia to support and encourage a whole-school approach to embedding digital competence across all areas of the curriculum.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    Welsh Government officials worked alongside our Digital Pioneers and regional consortia to ensure our expectations were clearly articulated to schools. We reinforced communications comprising news about updated information materials, promotion of four new Digital Competence Framework ‘strand’ animations, school case studies and a Dysg Digital Competence Framework edition.

    Working with the Digital Pioneers we have developed further support materials that are available on Hwb. Evidence from Estyn notes that schools have risen to the challenge of embedding digital competence into their provision, reporting many examples of innovative and interesting practice from across Wales.

    Digital competence is a cross-curricular responsibility within Curriculum for Wales. We will continue to support schools to embed digital competence within their provision.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    The Digital Competence Framework (DCF) which was made available in September 2016 supports learners to protect themselves online by embedding the digital skills, knowledge and attitudes across the whole curriculum that enable the confident, creative and critical use of technologies and systems.

    The DCF has four strands of equal importance (Citizenship, Interacting and collaborating, Producing, and Data and computational thinking).

    The focus of the Citizenship strand is on learners developing the skills and behaviours to contribute positively to the digital world around them which includes protecting themselves online. The Interacting and collaborating strand allows learners to explore both formal and informal methods of communication including social media and instant messaging. Learners will not only look at how to store data, but will consider the implications of data laws and how to share information appropriately.

    We want to provide all teachers with confidence when integrating digital competence into their lessons. The Digital Pioneer Schools are now actively helping other schools with the implementation of the DCF and we want to maintain this momentum to ensure that they, together with regional consortia, are supporting schools with the necessary expertise. In addition, the Digital Pioneer Schools are continuing to develop materials which will be hosted on Hwb for all schools to access. Digital Pioneers are also working alongside Curriculum Pioneers on the development of the new areas of learning and experience to ensure that digital competence is effectively embedded across Curriculum for Wales.

  • The Welsh Government will continue to provide funding through the Regional School Improvement Grant to enable the regional consortia to actively promote digital citizenship, and the safe and responsible use of digital technology. 

    £1.5m of grant funding is being provided as continued support for the Hwb Programme to regional consortia for three years from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022.

    The four regional consortia continue to offer a variety of support options and development opportunities under the programme.

    In April 2020, the second year of Phase 3 of the grant began with £500k of funding made available. The expectations are that the regional consortia will continue to use the funding to continue to support the Hwb Programme and actively promote digital citizenship, and the safe and responsible use of digital technology.

    Action status: In progress.

    The Learning in Digital Wales (LiDW) CPD Grant (Phase 2) – £1.45m of grant funding – was provided as continued support for the Hwb Programme to regional consortia for three years from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019.

    For its final year (2018–19), the LiDW CPD Grant was subsumed into the Regional Education Consortia School Improvement Grant (REC SIG). The four regional consortia offered a variety of support options and development opportunities under the programme during this period.

    In April 2019, Phase 3 of the grant began with £500k of funding made available for the first year. The expectations are that the regional consortia will use the funding to continue to support the Hwb Programme and actively promote digital citizenship, and the safe and responsible use of digital technology.

    Action status: In progress.

    Previously known as the Learning in Digital Wales (LiDW) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Grant (Phase 3), a further £1.5m of grant funding was agreed and made available via the Regional School Improvement Grant in April 2019. The grant will provide continued support for the Hwb Programme to regional consortia for three years from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022.

    Activities focus on:

    • providing support to practitioners in schools to develop their confidence and competence in using the range of digital resources and tools available through the Hwb Programme
    • providing capacity for expert ‘Digital Leader’ support which will coordinate support for schools across the regional consortium in adopting and exploiting the Hwb tools and activities
    • actively promoting digital citizenship in relation to the safe and responsible use of the tools and resources available through the Hwb Programme and in relation to digital technology more widely
    • supporting practitioners in developing their own leadership and digital literacy skills in line with the development and implementation of Digital Competence Framework and Curriculum for Wales
    • supporting the ongoing development of the Hwb Programme by supporting our Digital Learning Unit in gathering feedback from education practitioners to inform the future direction of the programme.
  • The Welsh Government will participate in the Wales Internet Safety Partnership (WISP) to provide updates on online safety work programmes and discuss online safety issues.

    Throughout 2019–20 we have continued to attend the Wales Internet Safety Partnership (WISP) with officials from Digital Inclusion and Digital Resilience in Education attending.

    To support the continuation of the group, we have provided secretariat to the group since December 2019.

    In addition to providing updates on work programmes we have used this forum to discuss and gain intelligence on the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people’s online behaviours and subsequently raise awareness of the potential risks.

    We are committed to continuing engagement with WISP and working with its members.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    Throughout 2018–19 we have continued to attend the Wales Internet Safety Partnership (WISP) with officials from Digital Inclusion and Digital Learning attending and providing updates on work programmes.

    We are committed to continuing engagement with WISP and working with its members. This engagement will continue going forward.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    The Wales Internet Safety Partnership (WISP) was founded by BT Wales and WISE KIDS in May 2007. It is an informal partnership of representative member organisations in Wales (or whose remit covers Wales), which have an interest in promoting digital literacy for children and young people in Wales.

    The aim of WISP is to promote digital literacy for children and young people in Wales, through the sharing of information, knowledge, ideas, resources and good practice among members. The broader aim of WISP is to engage children and young people more effectively to enable them to:

    • better understand the digital world
    • be effective users of online technologies
    • assess online risk, and manage their personal safety and digital identities.
  • The Welsh Government will explore how to strengthen online safety provision in education other than at school (EOTAS) settings, including pupil referral units (PRUs). 

    We have published guidance for governing bodies, pupil referral management committees, and boards and trustees of educational settings, including education other than at school (EOTAS) settings, about keeping safe online.

    The Keeping safe online area on Hwb is available publically to all, ensuring learners and their parents and carers have access to the extensive suite of digital resilience educational resources.

    Action status: Closed.

    We continue to implement the Education otherwise than at school (EOTAS) Framework for Action. Where appropriate, online safety within EOTAS settings will be included.

    Action status: In progress.

    In December 2017, we published the Education otherwise than at school (EOTAS) Framework for Action – the culmination of two years sector engagement and discussion by the cross-sector EOTAS Task and Finish Group. The overarching aim of the framework is to increase the equality of opportunity for learners accessing EOTAS provision, to better enable them to fulfil their potential.

    The EOTAS Delivery Group, which includes representatives from EOTAS provision, local authorities and mainstream schools, has been established to oversee the implementation of the framework. In implementing the 34 proposals within the framework, the EOTAS Delivery Group will be exploring how access to pastoral services such as careers advice, counselling and Hwb can be improved for EOTAS learners.

  • The Welsh Government’s Health and Education portfolios will jointly fund a pilot to test approaches to the provision of mental health in-reach support to schools from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

    The Ministers for Education and for Health and Social Services have agreed to continue funding the pilots throughout 2020–21, with additional funding of almost £1m, which includes funding to recruit more mental health practitioners to the pilots to meet increased capacity. The Ministers have also agreed to extend the pilots until July 2021, recognising the important role of the pilots in meeting the long-term well-being needs of learners affected by COVID-19.

    An interim evaluation of the pilots was published in July 2020.

    Action status: In progress.

    We have agreed to fund £1.4m to pilot mental health in-reach support to schools for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).The mental health in-reach services provide specialist health support, advice and training to schools. While this does not specifically focus on online safety, it will provide school staff with the skills and confidence to respond to learners displaying signs of emotional distress. School staff will be better positioned to have conversations with learners about their mental health and will be more effective at signposting learners to the right support at the right time.

    Pilots in place in six local authorities and four local health board areas will continue operating until summer 2020. An evaluation contract is in place with an interim evaluation due December 2019 and final evaluation in December 2020.

    Action status: In progress.

    Our mental health in-reach to schools pilot aims to help and support teachers to respond to children and young people who are experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, and compulsive, self-harm or conduct disorders. Mental health issues may, in some cases, be due to or exacerbated by, digital technology.

    The funded pilot activity will cover two full academic years, concluding in the summer of 2020. There will be a specific focus on early identification and intervention. The pilot will run in three areas – Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board for north east Wales (Wrexham and Denbighshire); Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board for south east Wales (Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and south Powys); and Hywel Dda Health Board in west Wales (Ceredigion).

    Funding also includes provision to evaluate the pilots, and the evaluation will inform future policy direction.

  • The Welsh Government will continue to work with Pioneer Schools through the relevant areas of learning and experience, including Health and Well-being, to ensure online safety issues inform the development of the Curriculum for Wales framework.  

    We published the refined Curriculum for Wales guidance in January 2020, which reflected the importance of online safety issues, particularly in the Health and Well-being Area of Learning and Experience.

    We will continue to work with practitioners and other stakeholders to ensure that schools and practitioners are supported to realise Curriculum for Wales, including this aspect.

    Action status: Delivered.

    Online safety has been considered by the Pioneer Schools developing Curriculum fro Wales and is reflected in the what matters statements of a number of areas of learning and experience including Health and Well-being, and Science and Technology. The draft Curriculum for Wales 2022 was published for feedback on
    30 April 2019. The feedback period ran until 19 July 2019 and the refined Curriculum for Wales will be made available in January 2020.

    One of the four purposes of Curriculum for Wales is for learners to develop as healthy, confident individuals who know how to find the information and support to keep safe and well, and form positive relationships based upon trust and mutual respect. The Health and Well-being Area of Learning and Experience supports learners to process and respond to experiences online, make safe decisions when engaging online and to recognise unhealthy or harmful relationships online. Curriculum for Wales has more emphasis on equipping young people for life. Digital competence will be a cross-curricular theme, together with literacy and numeracy.

    In addition to digital competence, Curriculum for Wales includes computation as a strand of learning within the Science and Technology Area of Learning and Experience. While this is focussed on developing understanding of the key concepts that underpin computer science, within that we expect the issue of online safety to be covered.

    Action status: In progress.

    Curriculum for Wales has been developed by teachers and practitioners through a network of Pioneer Schools in partnership with us, regional consortia, Estyn, Qualifications Wales, higher education, business and other key partners.

    Curriculum for Wales is structured around six areas of learning and experience, one of which is Health and Well-being. Through the Health and Well-being Area of Learning and Experience, learners will gain knowledge and understanding of how their environment, including the online environment, mind and physical state affects their health, well-being and readiness to learn throughout their lives.

  • The Welsh Government will continue to fund the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme (AWSLCP) in 2019–20 in partnership with the police. Online safety is an area covered by the programme.

    The review of the programme by the police took place and it was agreed that the funding was continued for the programme in 2019–20. We have also confirmed that funding for the programme will be maintained for 2020–21.

    We have consulted closely with the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme in developing the Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: responding to incidents and safeguarding children and young people guidance for education settings (to be published in December 2020). This has ensured that relevant information and advice is included on the important role that School Community Police Officers can have in supporting schools to handle incidents of sharing nudes and semi-nudes.

    Action status: Closed.

    We provide funding for the All Wales Schools Liaison Core Programme (AWSLCP) in partnership with the police. The programme delivers education on substance misuse and wider community and personal safety issues, including online safety, at all key stages of the curriculum among a range of other lessons.

    Discussions are ongoing between officials and the police to examine at how the programme will look beyond 2020 taking into account other youth and early intervention programmes. As part of this, the programme is currently being reviewed with the police leading on this. We will work with partners on considering the recommendations from the review of the programme and, in particular, how it will complement the work undertaken on curriculum reform.

  • The Welsh Government will liaise with the National Cyber Security Centre to promote Cyber First programmes in Wales.

    We have worked closely with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to raise the profile of Cyber First programmes in Wales.

    Cyber First Girls Competition

    The Cyber First Girls Competition provides a fun but challenging environment to inspire the next generation of young women to consider a career in cyber security. The competition is open to girls in Year 8 across Wales and equivalent across the rest of the UK. We supported the NCSC in promoting the competition across Wales. The 2020 final was hosted for the first time in Wales (Cardiff) and saw eight teams take on the fictional scenario of protecting the Olympic Games from cyber attacks.

    We are working with the NCSC to promote the 2020–21 competition with the aim of increasing entries from Welsh learners.

    Cyber First Courses

    We have worked with the NCSC to promote the Cyber First summer residential courses which this year have taken place virtually. These courses are aimed at young people aged 14 to 17 and provide a valuable introduction into cyber security. We continue to work with the NCSC to promote these to learners across Wales.

    Cyber First Schools

    During 2020 we have worked with the NCSC to pilot the Cyber First Schools Programme. The programme seeks to build a talent pipeline in technology and cyber security to meet the UK’s future need through the recognition of schools whose approach to cyber is excellent. We supported the NCSC in establishing a bilingual application process for Welsh schools and colleges and the promotion of the opportunity across Wales.

    We are committed to supporting the promotion of Cyber First opportunities across Wales and are currently looking to develop a dedicated presence for Cyber First on the Keeping safe online area of Hwb.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    The Cyber First programmes from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provide young people with the opportunity to learn more about cyber security. We are keen to ensure that young people in Wales are aware of and able to benefit from these courses.

  • The Welsh Government will work with Get Safe Online to ensure there is an effective launch of its newly developed Welsh-language website.

    We continue to fund wales.getsafeonline.org in order to fulfil the needs of Welsh-speaking adults for dynamic and relevant information on how to stay safe online, and to host, maintain, update and amplify awareness and education for both Welsh first-language speakers and increase uptake through bilingual provision.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    Priority sections of advice on the Get Safe Online website, some of which will be relevant to children and young people, have been translated into Welsh using Welsh Government funding.

  • The Welsh Government will work with the other devolved nations and the UK Government to share good practice in online safety and explore opportunities to collaborate.

    We take part and contribute in quarterly conference calls with the Scottish Government, Education Scotland, Northern Irish Executive and the Department of Education in England to discuss online safety issues, approaches to responding to issues and sharing good practice. The collaboration is facilitated by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    Recognising the universal issues online safety entails, we will engage with Scotland, Northern Ireland and England to share good practice and lessons learned, as well as exploring any opportunities for collaboration.

  • The Welsh Government will work with Google and ParentZone in support of their online safety education programme.

    We worked with Google and ParentZone to facilitate the translation of the Be Internet Legends resources in to Welsh in order to host them on Hwb and make available to all schools in Wales.

    On 14 November 2019 Google and Parent Zone hosted a teacher training event at Cardiff Castle and the Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams MS, filmed a message of support to encourage the take-up of these resources in Wales.

    The resources were published bilingually on Hwb in January and to promote their availability the Minister for Education attended Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth along with representatives from Google and ParentZone to observe a classroom who were trialling the newly available Welsh resources.

    Feedback has been positive and we have had initial discussions about supporting the translation of the Be Internet Citizens Education Programme, which is Google’s Digital Citizenship Education Programme, run in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. This programme aims to empower young people aged 13 to 15 to be responsible and have a positive voice online by teaching them vital digital citizenship and critical thinking skills

    Action status: In progress.

    We will work with Google and ParentZone to support the roll out of their online safety education programme Be Internet Legends – a programme which seeks to empower children aged between 7 and 11 to be safe and confident explorers of the online world.

  • The Welsh Government will work with partners to ensure that young people have access to accessible information and advice to support awareness raising regarding the issue of self-harm and suicide.  

    In September 2019, we published guidance for teachers, professionals, volunteers and youth services Responding to issues of self-harm and thoughts of suicide in young people. The guidance provides practical steps about what to do if someone presents with self-harm. While the guidance is aimed at paid and unpaid staff, it does gives some practical tips for family and friends.

    In June 2020, we launched the Young Person’s Mental Health Toolkit on Hwb, which directs young people, aged 11 to 25, to a variety of online resources which can help them through the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and beyond. In each of the six sections there are websites, apps, helplines, and more which support mental health and well-being.

    The toolkit provides links to websites, such as Papyrus, dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, and Young Minds mental health support. It also includes a link to the Stay Alive app, a suicide prevention resource, the distrACT app which was developed to support young people who self-harm, and to resources such as Heads Above The Waves which promotes positive, creative ways for young people to deal with depression and self-harm.

    Action status: Delivered.

    Working with the National Advisory Group for Suicide and Self-harm and Swansea University, we will produce online guidance for teachers and other professionals aimed at normalising conversations with young people on self-harm and suicide for publication during 2019–20. This will be supplemented by further guidance in 2020–21, commencing with a toolkit designed by and for young people to improve knowledge around self-harm postings online, the impact of online bullying and empathetic bystander interventions.

  • The Welsh Government will work with the National Crime Agency (NCA) to explore opportunities to work together to deliver education and raise awareness of online child abuse and exploitation.

    The Click CEOP button will continue to be available on the Keeping safe online area to enable Hwb users to report incidents of sexual abuse and exploitation of children, both online and offline.

    We have worked with the Education Team at CEOP, who deliver the Thinkuknow Education Programme, to make their key education resources available in Welsh. The following Thinkuknow resources are now available on the Keeping safe online area on Hwb in both the Welsh and English languages:

    We will be publishing the following resources during 2020:

    • Jessie & friends – online safety education for 4 to 7 year-olds
    • Play, Like, Share – online safety education for 8 to 10 year-olds
    • Send me a pic – online safety education for 12 to 14 year-olds

    We will continue to work with the Education Team at CEOP to make further resources available in Welsh for children and young people in Wales.

    Action status: In progress.

    The Click CEOP button is an asset of the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Command. The National Crime Agency (NCA) is committed to protecting the public from serious and organised crime, and CEOP’s role is to tackle the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, both online and offline. CEOP pursue those who sexually exploit and abuse children, prevent people becoming involved in child sexual exploitation, protect children from becoming victims of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, and prepare interventions to reduce the impact of child sexual exploitation and abuse through safeguarding and child protection work. The Education Team at CEOP deliver the Thinkuknow Education Programme that aims to empower and protect children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation.

    Thinkuknow includes films, animations, websites, presentations and lesson plans to enable professionals to explore difficult and sensitive issues safely with children and young people. The animations/film resources are accompanied by toolkits and delivery guidance documents to help professionals explore their themes with children and young people.

  • The Welsh Government will develop, through the British-Irish Council, ‘Be Safe. Discover. Connect.’ as a branding for collaborative resources.

    Welsh Government officials have been working on the development of a set of resources aimed at those aged 16 and over using the branding of ‘Be Safe. Be Included. Be Connected’. The first infographic, ‘Be Safe’, containing tips for using a secure password and carrying out software updates, was launched on Safer Internet Day (SID), 11 February 2020. A bilingual version of the infographic, translated by us, was made available to all organisations in Wales through our Digital Communities Wales Programme.

    A further two infographics, which will follow the ‘Be Included’ and ‘Be Connected’ themes, were originally intended to be published in summer 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the British-Irish Council work sector for digital inclusion was put on hold until June 2020.

    It is now the intention to develop the next two infographics ahead of the Ministerial meeting due to be hosted by the Isle of Man in March 2021.

    Action status: Ongoing.

    Through the British-Irish Council digital inclusion work sector, we will work collaboratively across administrations to develop a set of resources aimed at young people aged 16. These resources will follow the branding of ‘Be Safe. Discover. Connect.’ and form a series of three infographics to each, containing tips for ‘Be Safe’, e.g. using a secure password and carrying out software updates; ‘Discover’, e.g. using Google Earth to explore; ‘Connect’, e.g. using public Wi-Fi and being a good online citizen. These resources will be developed over the coming 18 months.


In 2020, the Welsh Government is building on previous work and exploring new areas of work which seeks to positively impact on keeping children and young people safe and secure online.

  • The Welsh Government will collaborate with industry and academia to support the development of a cyber security workforce to ensure that demand for skills can be met and cyber professionals can find rewarding employment in Wales.

    The cyber sector employs around 3,500 people across Wales and is recognised as the one of our fastest growing technology sectors. Wales is acknowledged for industry expertise in research and development, commercialisation of defence and security products, and is home to a number of major international security and cyber security organisations.

    We will look to exploit to the benefits of a strong cyber sector in Wales working with industry and academia to promote, develop and deliver training and career opportunities for young people in Wales.

  • The Welsh Government will engage with the All Wales Schools Data Protection Officer Network.

    Data protection is a critical element of Hwb with safeguarding and security paramount to the configuration of the services provided to support education in Wales. Our Digital Resilience in Education Branch will continue to engage with the All Wales School Data Protection Officer Network in order to provide updates on the tools and services on Hwb, to understand the data protection concerns facing local authorities and schools, and to offer guidance, information and resources to assist schools with their data protection obligations.

  • The Welsh Government will engage with Internet Matters to explore opportunities for collaboration.

    Internet Matters work collaboratively across industry, government and education to support families to help children benefit for connected technology safely.

    We will explore opportunities to contribute to the work undertaken by Internet Matters including representing Wales on the Vulnerable Users UKCIS (UK Council for Internet Safety) Working Group.

  • The Welsh Government will develop its relationship with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) supporting online safety provision in Wales.  

    The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) aims to minimise the availability of child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world and non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.

    We will explore the benefits of membership of the IWF in order to make use of the technical security services offered and will work to promote online safety campaigns for education in Wales.

  • The Welsh Government will support the National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC) to scope and develop routes for Welsh learners in to the cyber industry and promote outreach activity with schools.

    The National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC) was officially launched in February 2020. The NDEC provides a dynamic facility for enterprise, academics, schools, organisations and individuals that want to learn more about technology, access state-of-the-art facilities and obtain quality advice from respected cyber experts.

    Our Digital Resilience in Education Branch will engage and support the NDEC education and outreach activities addressing cyber skills requirements. We will support the NDEC in developing links between education and industry to promote cyber initiatives across Wales.

  • The Welsh Government will work with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) on raising awareness of issues such as misinformation and online hate speech towards girls and women.

    We have extended our partnership with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) to include support for online safety. To date we have worked with them to create a video for the Safer Internet Day (SID) ‘Tackling misinformation’ competition, which launched on 21 September 2020, and which featured one of Wales’ senior players from the men’s team talking about the prevalence of misinformation and encouraging children and young people to take part in the competition.

    The FAW has registered as an official supporter of Safer Internet Day, and we will continue to work with them on the campaign to raise awareness of misinformation in the lead up to Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2021.

    The relationship is mutually beneficial as their support has meant that we can reach a more diverse audience, including parents and carers, with our online safety messaging (they have more than 265,000 Twitter followers) and for the FAW some of the online issues that we are highlighting are highly relevant to their organisation, particularly online hate. The FAW has already carried out some work with senior players to address online hate in football and we have committed to working more closely with them on this particular issue in future, including collaborating on addressing online hate speech towards girls and women. In addition we have been directing the FAW to specific online safety resources on the Keeping safe online area of Hwb that can be used with children and young people in grassroots football through to senior level as part of their aims to promote tolerance and an inclusive culture, both on and off the pitch.

  • The Welsh Government will join and be represented on the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) Early Warning System Group. 

    The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) Early Warning System Group seeks to develop early information-sharing between helplines/hotlines and reporting bodies to better identify issues or new trends at an early stage and to provide relevant information to the UKCIS Executive Board. The membership is comprised of hotlines, helplines and law enforcement bodies, all receiving contact from the public. We will contribute to the group ensuring that Wales is appropriately represented and informed.