Digital Safety & Mental Health


Event type Live Stream

Online as a webinar
Recordings available for 28 days post event
From just £10!

This online conference will explore digital safety and mental health for children and young people, give you an understanding of the issues related to digital safety in the UK context, and provide key tips, advice and recommendations. Plus we will be offering the opportunity for practitioners to share their dilemmas, and solutions, from their own practices.

Key takeaways
About the event
Who should attend
Prices and booking
About the speakers

Key takeaways

  • Increasing awareness of safety related use of digital technology
  • Understand and support children’s rights in a digital age
  • Recognise the roles and responsibilities of parents in negotiating their children’s digital lives

About the day

Children’s lives are increasingly integrated with the digital world. Parents and professionals are challenged to keep up with the unprecedented rates of digital innovation and can struggle to help children and young people manage the associated risks of the developing digital world.

Keynote speaker Professor Sonia Livingstone will set the scene by explaining the digital landscape with regard to safety for children and young people. By using examples of her extensive evidence-based research Professor Livingstone will exploring what this means to parent during this time of rapid digital innovation.

This will be followed by three short practice-based talks from local professionals, from the Oxford and Reading area, who work in mental health services, and the local authority. These will include case studies and reflect on the dilemmas they encounter in their own services, and importantly the effective interventions and solutions used.

We are excited to also be offering a facilitated breakout session. This gives delegates the opportunity to share their own experiences and generate questions for the panel discussion. Each group will have a member of the ACAMH Reading and Oxford as a facilitator, and they will collect and co-ordinate the questions for the panel.

Who should attend

This session would have a broad appeal to those working with children & adolescents. In particular those working in CAMHS, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrist, Paediatricians, and other mental health professionals. Additionally, it would also be relevant for Teachers, Social Workers, those working in the voluntary sector with a direct link to children and young people, plus parents.

Prices and booking

  • Members £10
  • Non-members £20

Prices also include exclusive access to all lectures for up to 28 days. Plus all delegates receive an electronic CPD certificate.

To book simply click on this link or the button at the top of the page and fill in the details. ACAMH Members should sign in first to ensure that they get their discount. If you are not an ACAMH Member now is a great time to join and make a saving on this event. Take a look at the different levels of membership on offer.

Remember ACAMH is a charity and any surplus made is reinvested back to the benefit of our members and the industry as a whole.


09:00 Registration

09:30 Keynote from Professor Sonia Livingstone (45 mins plus questions)

10:30 Digital safety in practice (1) ‘How our new Mental Health Support Team adapted to online support and delivery’ from Kate Pike, Senior EP and Co-Manager of the MHST in West Berkshire, and Josie Gallop, Assistant EP in the MHST. ‘We officially launched our MHST to 27 schools in West Berkshire in January 2019 and then found ourselves facing lockdown and remote delivery 2 months later. We’ll explain about this rollercoaster ride, and some of the challenges that faced us, and the solutions we found.’

10:45 Break

11:00 Digital safety in practice (2)

11:15 Digital safety in practice (3)

11:30 Breakout rooms (30 minutes). Facilitated by members of the committee.

12:00 Panel discussion: Facilitators to ask questions from their group

12:45 Close

About the speakers

Professor Sonia Livingstone
Professor Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone DPhil (Oxon), OBE, FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Taking a comparative, critical and contextualised approach, her research examines how changing conditions of mediation reshape everyday practices and possibilities for action. She has published 20 books on media audiences, children and young people’s risks and opportunities, media literacy and rights in the digital environment, including “Parenting for a Digital Future: How hopes and fears about technology shape children’s lives” (OUP 2020). Since founding the EC-funded 33 country “EU Kids Online” research network, and Global Kids Online (with UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti), she has advised the Council of Europe, European Commission, European Parliament, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, OECD, ITU and UNICEF. She chaired LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission and is currently leading the Digital Futures Commission with the 5Rights Foundation. See