Vulnerable Children in a Digital World


Media Release

Youthworks,  has published a report in partnership with Internet Matters, co-authored by Youthworks Director Adrienne Katz and Research lead Dr  Aiman El Asam – showing that high risk online experiences can be anticipated in children who are vulnerable offline. This report explains what to look for and how online safety education could be approached in a new way. It aims to change the conversation around teaching children and young people about digital life and help the most vulnerable.


  • Award!
    Adrienne Katz is honoured to have been awarded ‘Inspirational Individual of the Year’ by the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation in the  StandUp Champion awards.
  • Anti-Bullying
    Youthworks leads a team developing new Anti-Bullying Guidance and online Toolkit for the government of Wales
  • Evaluations
    Youthworks is evaluating 1.Make a Noise, an Anti-Bullying programme by Internet Matters and tootoot, funded by DfE
    and 2. Expect Respect, a HEFCE funded programme at Sussex Coast College to address hate crime and sexual harassment.
  • Equality online for vulnerable young people
    A paper for Internet Matters on what’s needed to help vulnerable children in a digital world. Launched 12th February 2018
  • Young people’s digital lives
    Our research partnership with Dr Aiman El Asam published vulnerable young people and their experiences of online risk in the journal, Human-Computer Interaction.
  • New professional association. Adrienne Katz has joined the Association of Adult and Child Online Safety Specialists.


National Cybersurvey 2019

The CYBERSURVEY is an annual online survey exploring young people’s digital experiences. This is the 11th year. Your school can take part and there is no charge.

This year the survey goes national across the entire UK. We are delighted to be running this in partnership with Internet Matters.

The survey covers all aspects of online life for 11-16 year olds. There are vital messages for educators on young people’s digital lives. Use what is learned for staff training, equality monitoring and safeguarding. Your action plans will be informed by this annual survey. Stay  up to date and adjust your online safety practice.

FREE Cybersurvey reports and briefing papers or read about our academic research partnership.

To mark 10 years of the Cybersurvey we have issued Vulnerable Children in a Digital World


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Consultations with service users

Youthworks is leading a tream developing new Anti-Bullying Guidance for Wales. With colleagues, Jonathan Charlesworth of EACH, Robin Richardson of Insted and Carole Phillips formerly of Crickhowell High School in Powys.


Cyberbullying and e-safety: new approaches

New CPD accredited course offered.
In your school for staff or join a training day with other schools.

A bespoke version of this course is offered for workers in the care sector.

Next available course: March 27th, London. Contact Osiris Educational.

  • A Whole School Approach to bullying
    This popular course is available as a one day course.

Delegates are given access to regular updates, new resources and trend alerts.