This event will enable CYP&F counselling practitioners to consider how they best approach and engage with children and young people’s online lives as part of everyday practice. Hear from leading experts in the field of online safety, delivering key messages to the counselling profession, helping to keep children and young people vulnerable to online harms, as safe as possible.

BACP’s Children, Young People’s and Families Lead, Jo Holmes, is a member of the UK Council for Internet Safety working group developing resources and training opportunities to support professionals working with children and young people. Jo and the chair of the group, Claire Levens, will host an event highlighting good practice considerations.

The agenda recognises and explores the unique role of counselling in enabling conversations about difficult issues that, when had with other trusted adults, often result in the child or young person feeling judged, misunderstood or in the wrong.


This online event will begin at 9.30am and finish at 1.15pm. The full programme will be available shortly. If you are unable to watch on the day the content will be available on demand for 3 months.

This event aims to

  • increase your knowledge base of the benefits and harms of children and young people’s online lives, linked to the latest research and evidence-based practice, delivered by leading experts in the field of online safety
  • recognise and value the importance of children and young people’s online lives, asking inclusive meaningful questions that engage with the child’s frame of reference, whilst safeguarding risks in the digital world
  • understand the emotional attachment experienced by groups of vulnerable children and young people regarding their online lives
  • take away top tips and considerations relevant to your practice, including the latest (free) online safety resources when working with children and young people
  • consider the link between mental health and children and young people’s online lives

Learning outcomes

  • recognise that some groups of young people, including LGBTQ+, those with special educational needs and care experienced children and young people are more at risk of online harms than others
  • consider how to introduce and acknowledge the importance of online lives into assessment criteria
  • learn how to have ‘difficult conversations’ relating to online lives by asking questions that are inclusive, child-centred and judgement free
  • understand how to address more of the child’s needs by understanding the opportunities and risks their online life contains
  • develop practical strategies to work with the online risk children and young people encounter in their everyday lives.

Who is this for?

The event is aimed at BACP members working with children and young people in a full range of settings.


Please book your place online. If you book, you will receive information on how to join the live event a couple of days before.

If the event is fully booked, please email and you will be added to the waiting list for this event.