NSPCC Encourages Parents And Carers To Get Digitally Aware With Free Online Workshops


NSPCC Encourages Parents And Carers To Get Digitally Aware With Free Online Workshops

Raising a generation of children who have grown up in a digital world can be challenging for parents, it can be difficult to know where to begin when trying to navigate keeping them safe.

Of course, the internet is a wonderful place to create, learn and – ever more importantly since the pandemic – provide a space for children to connect with friends and family. But we must remember that it comes with risks, and that is where the NSPCC can help.

We are offering free workshops for groups of parents and carers in community, schools or workplaces, which will help you understand how children use the internet, and will cover a range of topics to ensure you feel confident in having conversations about online safety. There will also be resources and tools to help you empower your children on their online journey, and keep them safe in the process.

Each of our short online courses covers what children do online, as well as the risks and how these can be managed as a parent or carer. We also look at concerns, and go over sources of help and support to give parents the confidence to help keep their children safe online. We can also add on a selection of specific topics including cyberbullying, social media, parental controls and grooming that can be tailored to the needs of parents attending.

If you are part of an organisation which offer services or support to parents and carers, our team can deliver a group workshop online or in person across Northern Ireland. To find out more email parentworkshops@NSPCC.org.uk

LRA publishes new employer guide to Hybrid Working


The LRA (Labour Relations Agency) has published new guidance: ‘A Practical Guide to Hybrid Working’ to help employers who wish to develop a blended approach to working at home/remotely and in the workplace. 

Helpful and practical guidance for employers

The LRA’s newly released, ‘A Practical Guide to Hybrid Working’ document, provides employers with a wealth of information about the factors to consider when developing an organisational approach to hybrid working. It includes practical considerations from health and safety to insurance, a sample policy and a FAQ section. 

LRA’s 7 key takeaways:

The guide includes some key takeaways for employers which are:

  • Employers should consider carefully whether hybrid working could be effective for particular roles and workplaces and recognise where it is not appropriate. Effective planning for its introduction is essential.
  • Employers should consider introducing hybrid working on a trial basis if they are unsure if or how it will work in practice within their organisation and ensure that a review is carried out prior to the end of the trial period.
  • Recognised trade unions/employee representatives and employees should be consulted prior to the introduction of a hybrid working policy.
  • Employers should look at whether contractual changes are needed. This will depend on the model to be introduced. The employer must seek the consent of the employee directly, or via collective agreement, to any such changes.
  • Employers should prepare a policy document, which clearly sets out how hybrid working will operate in your organisation – a model policy is contained within this guidance.
  • Employers should review all associated policies to ensure consistency across all policies.
  • Employers should ensure that hybrid working arrangements are kept under review.