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SACPA – Simplifying the Online Safety Act: how does this affect me?

May 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Date: May 1, 2024 
  • Time: 11:00 – 12:00
  • Cost: Sacpa Member Rate: £65, Sacpa Additional Full Member Fee: £30, Non-member Rate: £130*
  • Audience: All staff involved in promoting online safety, safeguarding professionals and leaders, staff and volunteers with oversight and scrutiny responsibility for safeguarding and online safety.
  • Platform: Zoom (online) – webinar

Course outline:

The Online Safety Act 2023 Online Safety Act 2023 (legislation.gov.uk) is a lengthy and complicated document about a complex and evolving subject that has been subject to a range of debate and amendments.

  • What does the final version of the Act actually mean?
  • How can we simply, clearly and accessibly communicate how it helps our safeguarding practice?
  • Can we identify areas of online risk that remain unaddressed by the bill and avoid safeguarding blind spots?

This webinar aims to simplify the Online Safety Act and address the above needs of safeguarding practitioners, leaders and governance colleagues.

Unable to attend? A post webinar recording will be available for purchase.

Training topics will include:

  • The online safety bill: what were the hopes, and what is the reality
  • A simple summary of the final online safety bill
  • What the final bill covers, and what it does not
  • Online safety bill blind spots: implications for safeguarding practice
  • Horizon scanning: future legislative implications.

Learning outcomes:

  • Feel more confident and competent when explaining the online safety bill and its implications for current safeguarding practice
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of areas of online safety practice not covered by the bill
  • Ensure you are ready for future online safety legislation and guidance.



Karl Hopwood is an independent online safety expert. He is a member of UKCIS (UK Council for Internet Safety) and sits on the UKCIS evidence group, education working group and the early warning group as well as on the advisory board for the UK Safer Internet Centre. He also sits on the Roblox trust and safety board where he represents the Insafe network. He was recently part of an expert steering group with TikTok looking at harmful and dangerous online challenges.

Karl has worked for a number of key players in the UK and abroad including CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), BECTA (British Educational and Communications Technology Agency), the European Commission, the UN and several Local Authorities within the UK and in Europe.

As an ex primary headteacher, he continues to work closely in schools across Europe with children, young people, parents, teachers and governors to develop safer online behaviours and the promotion of digital literacy. Karl has been employed for the last 16 years as an in-house consultant for INSAFE which is the coordinating node of the EU Better Internet for Kids programme where he is responsible for the coordination of safer internet helplines across Europe. Karl was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Marie Collins Foundation for 7 years, a charity which supports young people who have been sexually abused and exploited online and is Chair of the board of trustees of Childnet international and Chair of the executive committee of SACPA (Safeguarding and Child Protection Association). Karl has recently worked with a team developing a national online safety strategy in Rwanda and chaired the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) working group to re-write their Child Online Protection Guidance.


May 1
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Safeguarding and Child Protection Association (Sacpa)
+44 (0)207 798 1585
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Virtual – Zoom
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