Prevent Forums and Webinars

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) hosted two forums and three webinars for those responsible for safeguarding and Prevent in Further Education and Training Sector.


Forums will bring people together to:

  • Build their knowledge
  • Meet colleagues from across the sector to exchange ideas, discuss and debate safer working practice
  • Hear from experts in the field on specific topics

Forum One was delivered on 4 February and focused on Resilience and Vulnerability. Forum Two took place on 10 March with a focus on Digital Safety.

This Forum took place on 4 February 2021. Please see below for upcoming events.

Agenda topics and speakers: 

An Overview of Prevent – Alamgir Sheriyar, Prevent Co-ordinator, Department of Education
A round-up of what is currently happening in relation to Prevent including policy, trends, emerging issues and updates.

11.05-12pm & 1.20-2.15pm: Why is extremism even more of a risk in times of Covid? – Selina Stewart, Associate, the ETF
What makes someone more vulnerable to extremism in the time of Covid?; How have extremists used the Covid crisis?

11.05-12pm & 1.20-2.15pm: Safeguarding during a pandemic – Polly Harrow, Assistant Principle Safeguarding and Inclusion Kirklees College
Overcoming challenges of delivering a safeguarding service remotely; Key emerging issues and how to address them

11.05-12pm: The Changing role of the Safeguarding Lead – Isabelle King, Head of Safeguarding and Prevent, ETF
Safeguarding in the FE and Training sector has long been a priority. However with more recent events it has become a critical player in terms of re-engaging learners and managing long term safeguarding issues. 

This session will explore:

  • the varied roles safeguarding leads/officers undertake and what their development needs may be;
  • whether there is a need for professional boundaries, supervision and mentoring structures
  • how we can work together better

1.20-2.15pm: Thriving or Surviving: the model of dynamic adaptation – Jo Clarke PhD, C.Psychol., AFBPsS, Founder and Director of Petros Ltd,
EuroPsy HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist

Why do DSLs sometimes thrive and sometimes barely survive?

12.05-12.45pm & 2.20-3.00pm: Safeguarding in a remote learning context – Charlotte Aynsley, Director, Charlotte Aynsley Digital Consultants
This session will explore what practitioners need to consider when they are delivering lessons virtually. It will highlight the key safeguarding considerations and offer advice on mitigating risks.

12.05-12.45pm & 2.20-3.00pm: Have your say: Safeguarding, Prevent & Governance – Tom Burke, Freelance trainer and consultant
The Education and Training Foundation is developing a new training course for all those in the sector that lead their organisations. We want to hear about your experiences; what you think are ‘essential‘ outcomes to be achieved and any common challenges you have in working with Governors. Your views will help shape the scope of the content and ideas.

12.05-12.45pm & 2.20-3.00pm: How do we create a safe learning space online? – Lou Willis-Keeler, CEO of Psych-Logical and Clair Cooke, Associate with the ETF and a freelance safeguarding consultant and trainer
The session will explore what is a “safe space”; how does this change from person to person and in terms of external environment and how we create a “safe space”?

Policy Update – Tom Burke, Freelance trainer and consultant
A short overview of some of recent updates across the broader world of safeguarding. The briefing will cover essential changes in law, policy and new or emerging research and tools.

This Forum took place on 23 March 2021. Please see below for upcoming events.

9.45am – Registration 

10.00am – Online risks and harms and a model for risk mitigation

Setting the scene for the day, the session will highlight some of the key considerations relating to digital safeguarding highlighting some of the current online risks and harms and presenting a model for supporting organisations to mitigate risks to learners.

Speaker: Charlotte Aynsley (Director, Charlotte Aynsley Digital Consultants – Rethinking Safeguarding and ETF Associate)

11.00am – Current threats and response to online child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE)

We will consider online harms such as nude image sharing and online blackmail and the role of NCA-CEOP. The session will include:

  • The work of NCA-CEOP, including the CEOP Safety Centre
  • NCA response to online CSAE – case study
  • Online Blackmail and nude image sharing
  • The Thinkuknow education programme and resources

Speaker: Lorna Sinclair (CEOP Education Officer, National Crime Agency, CEOP)

12.15pm – Migrating to Digital Delivery : a Case Study

We will hear about a real life journey of an organisation that has migrated to digital delivery. What were the risks and considerations? What were the challenges and opportunities? The presentation will give opportunity to think about key learning and application in your own setting.

Speaker: Lester Biddle (Technology Director, HIT Training)

12.45-1.15pm Lunch break

1.15pm – Case Study continued with opportunity to ask questions

1.30pm – Beyond Content: understanding competencies with Project EVOLVE and 360 Degree Safe

An overview and introduction to Project EVOLVE and 360 Degree Safe.

Project EVOLVE resources each of the 330 statements from UK Council for Internet Safety’s (UKCIS) framework “Education for a Connected World” with research, resources, activities and outcomes to guide educators.

360 degree safe is a self-review tool to support online safety policy and practice. The review takes you through each aspect of online safety, helping you to collaborate, report, and progress.

The session will introduce how these tools can support practitioners.

Speaker: Ken Corish (Online Safety Manager, South West Grid for Learning)

2.40pm – Radicalisation: Safeguarding, Signs, and the Online World

Please be advised this presentation may contain some imagery and audio that could be distressing for some. 

With the online world moving so quickly it can be difficult to keep knowledge up to date. This session aims to recap on the signs of radicalisation and then do a deep dive into a selection of online platforms to look at how they function and where any concerns may lie.

Speaker: Jennie Fisher (FE/HE Regional Prevent Co-Ordinator for London Counter-Extremism Division)

4pm – Close

Throughout the day there will be time for questions and pause for reflection about learning and application in your context. Parts of the day may be recorded.

Power point slides will be available for some sessions and only for those delegates who attended the day.

Q: Can anyone in the FE sector attend?
A: The Forums are specifically for anyone in the FE and training sector who has a safeguarding role or function as part of a wider role. You may be a designated safeguarding lead, safeguarding officer or other title. What is important is that you have responsibilities for Safeguarding and Prevent.

Q: I’d like to attend but do not work for a Further Education FE provider. Can I still attend?

A: You must be working for an organisation within the FE and training sector. This includes colleges, specialist colleges, independent training providers, adult community learning and offender learning providers, sixth form colleges, workbased learning.

Q: What time should I join the Forum?
A: In order for delegates to get the best experience we want to make sure the session starts on time. Please join 15 minutes before advertised start. So for example if the Webinar is scheduled to start at 10am, please make sure you join by 9.45am.

Q: How do I join the Forum?
A: Once you have booked your place, you will be sent an email to confirm your place. The email will give you the link that you must use to join. The email will also confirm the time of registration.

When joining the event from your device, please make sure your display name will match the name on your booking form. This will help us with the registration process. We will do our best to identify you and assist you. If you name appears differently on your Zoom display to your booking form, this may delay your entry into the event. Find instructions on how to join Zoom using the correct name.

Q: Do I have to attend the whole day?
A: We know people are extremely busy and so we have designed the day to provide flexibility for you to come and go. We ask that you attend the plenary sessions, if possible and at least one of the Core Sessions in order to get the most out of the day. There are lots of sessions to choose from and you can opt in or out through the booking system. We do ask as a matter of courtesy to our speakers and other participants, that you let us know as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend.

Q: What if I book and then cannot attend?

A: There are limited places available and booking is a first come first served basis. We understand that emergencies and unforeseen circumstances can arise. We do ask as a matter of courtesy to our speakers and other participants, that you let us know as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend.

Q: What happens when all the places are gone?

A: We have a limited number of places. If you are unable to book because all places are gone, you can register your interest via the booking page. We will keep bookings under review and let you know if a place becomes available.

Q: Will there be other opportunities?

A: ETF are working with partners to produce a range of opportunities for those with Safeguarding and Prevent responsibilities to further their knowledge, network, discuss and reflect. This includes a planned second Forum on 23 March 2021 and webinars. Dates and details of webinars will follow but please keep checking here as we will be updating with further information.

Q: I have a query that is not listed here, how do I contact you?

A: If you cannot find the answer to your query here, please contact us at Please state in the subject line that your query relates to the Forum. This will help us get back to you as soon as possible.


We have hosted a suite of seminars that add to and complement the issues and themes explored at the online Forums.

Topics included:

  1. The Covid 19 pandemic and risks of extremism
  2. Grooming and Extremism
  3. Digital safety and safeguarding for remote learning

This Webinar took place on 20 April 2021 andwas previously delivered on 16 March 2021.

This Webinar took place on 10 March 2021. Please see below for upcoming events.

This Webinar took place on 25 March 2021. Please see below for upcoming events.