Youthworks is delighted to announce the start of a new programme funded by Nominet. We know that children in care encounter more risks and harms online than their peers, and we also understand the challenges facing foster carers. This programme called enable, will try to help. Media Release

Foster Carers have told us what should be in the training. 

‘Fostering in a Digital Age’ Report
70 foster carers talk to us about online safety training and their needs

‘Trust don’t Combust’ advice from 40 young people who have care experience on training for foster carers in online safety.


70 foster carers tell us about their training needs. 

Latest report from The Cybersurvey out soon.

The Digital Passport.

Adrienne Katz of Youthworks has worked with experts on the UKCIS working group for vulnerable children, to create this concept. A Digital Passport for foster carers and children in their care.

Refuge and Risk: Life Online for Vulnerable Young People. December 2020

This groundbreaking report explores how young people who are already vulnerable offline, are also at greater risk online in specific ways. Almost 15,000 young people’s online lives were analysed. Each group is studied in relation to six categories of risk.

Essential for frontline services working with children and young people.

With our partners, Internet Matters and the Department of Psychology at the University of Kingston, we were able to hear from young people across the country in our largest dataset yet. Thanks to all the schools who took part.


Research paper: Children’s Services for a Digital AgeChildren & Youth Services Review

Resources for young people with special needs and their families.

A new HUB for teens with SEND stops them getting ‘lost in space’ and enables them to get the most from social media. July 2020

Developed by Youthworks in partnership with Internet Matters and supported by facebook.

Workshops, interviews and consultations gave us insights into what was needed by teens, their parents, carers and teachers.
Young people were at the centre of this work from start to launch. It offers advice, animations, activities to do together, downloadables, a digital passport and more. Connecting Safely Online.

The launch video

Life Online for young people with SEND
Report of the workshop and consultations for this exciting hub.

New report Look At Me: Teens, Sexting and Risks June 2020

We are delighted to offer this report Look At Me: Teens, Sexting and Risks – the next in the Cybersurvey series. Exploring not only experiences of sexting, the reasons why the young people did it, and what happened as a result – this report finds other ripples of risk and consequence clusters that all in safeguarding roles should watch for.

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.  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.


   National Cybersurvey 

The CYBERSURVEY is an annual online survey exploring young people’s digital experiences. Now 12 years old. Schools take part free.  Next survey will be autumn term 2021.

Latest reports

The quesions cover all aspects of online life for 11-16 year olds. There are vital messages for educators and other professionals 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.

Cybersurvey reports and briefing papers from our academic research partnership.

The 2022 survey  will open for registration at the end of June.

Thank you to all who took part during the lockdowns and difficult times in 2020 and 2021.


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


In the 11th year of the Cybersurvey we have issued Look At Me, Teens, Sexting and Risks the first in a series of briefings and reports.


  • 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.

    Making a difference:

    The annual Cybersurvey has now questioned 56,886 young people about online life. Our recent focus has been to explore the online experiences of vulnerable young people. Published research and a report for policy makers and professionals (below) have led to valuable changes, bringing the needs of vulnerable children to the fore.





Do you need expert advice and support without committing to an employee post? We undertake  contracts and projects for a range of services, charities and local authorities.

  • Reports
  • Research
  • Training
  • Webinars
  • Conferences
  • Evaluations
  • Consultations with service users

Guidance Development
Youthworks has led a tream developing new Anti-Bullying Guidance for Wales. With 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.

Watch this s pace! A bespoke version of this course is being developed for the care sector.

INSETS can be booked via Osiris Educational.
Available online only since COVID 19

  • A Whole School Approach to bullying
    This popular course is available as a one day course. 
  • Cyberbullying: new undertstanding of the ecology of risk
  • Refuge and Risk – two sides of internet life for vulnerable teens.

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


Do you want to evaluate your service? We will expertly and sensitively evaluate your users’ experiences and those of staff.

  • Children, parents and staff consulted.
  • Qualitative and qualitative methods
  • focus groups,
  • workshops and surveys.
  • Enjoyable and innovative  techniques with
    young people respected and engaged.

We have delivered evaluations for local authorities, funders, such as The Lottery; a DfE funded Anti Bullying programme and services for health that teens use, for a CCG.

We’ve undertaken work to evaluate aspects of student experience of equality in FE Colleges, schools and the former connexions service.

Our evaluations include multi-agency programmes and Youth Offending agencies.

Making a difference:

The annual Cybersurvey has now questioned 56,886 young people about online life. Our recent focus has been to explore the online experiences of vulnerable young people. Published research and a report for policy makers and professionals (below) have led to valuable changes, bringing the needs of vulnerable children to the fore.

  • Professional association. Adrienne Katz, Director of Youthworks, is a member of the Association of Adult and Child Online Safety Specialists and an accredited CPD trainer.