European Union and UK Safer Internet Programme Partners
The current programme runs from January 2015 to June 2017.
Safer Internet Centres are made up of awareness centres and helplines (organised in a pan-European network called INSAFE) and hotlines (organised in a unique pan-European network called INHOPE), in all the Member States, Iceland, Norway and Russia.
Awareness centres’ main activities include:
- Raising awareness related to potential risks young people may encounter online.
- Offering advice about staying safe online to young people and deal with issues such as cyber bullying, via the helplines.
- Developing information and resources.
- Organising events such as the Safer Internet Day.
- Organising information sessions for parents, children and teachers.
- In addition, setting up youth panels to be consulted for the development of awareness raising activities, material and campaigns.
Here in the UK, we receive this funding as part of a consortium with Childnet International and South West Grid for Learning . Whilst the IWF is the Hotline element of this partnership for reporting and removing child sexual abuse images, Childnet International and South West Grid for Learning are the central awareness points to raise awareness of the issue and promote online safety to the public and especially children. They will also be providing an online safety helpline for professionals working with young children in the South West of the UK.
This partnership approach at the European level helps to make sure all the INHOPE countries work effectively with their national partners, maximising the services they offer to the public and provide a holistic and interactive response to the serious issue of the sexual exploitation of children via technology.