One of our Yorkshire-based supervising social workers, Lynn Findlay, has become our in-house expert on e-safety!
Lynn, who joined us in 2007, has been delivering training for staff and foster carers since 2012. In the last few years she has developed an interest in online safety. She is a CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) ambassador and has attended e-safety training from the Ineqe Group, NSPCC and SWGfL (South West Grid for Learning). Lynn is so passionate about highlighting the importance of online safety that she is also the E-safety Governor at a local school and has advised and trained staff, parents, governors and children.
Last year Lynn developed and facilitated the FCC ‘E-safety Awareness and Managing Professional Identity Online’ course, which has been delivered over 10 times to staff and carers in England and Wales. All of the attendees have rated the course as either Good or Excellent. The course is interactive with participants going online to experience various interactions such as online chatting. It also highlights both the positives and the risks of such activities.
Lynn also has an interest in safer caring strategies, children’s emotional well-being and mental health and incorporates this within her practice and training. She is currently taking her first steps in counselling and psychotherapy training.
Lynn will be writing a monthly blog about e-safety, which will be published on the FCC website. The blog will feature general information, hints, tips, news and articles.
Lynn also has her own FCC twitter account, @fostercarelynn, where she posts updates about online safety and emotional well-being. Please feel free to follow her.
At FCC we pride ourselves on going above and beyond the call of duty. Last year, another of our Yorkshire-based social workers, Gary Rummens, became our in-house fitness and nutrition advisor for our foster carers.