17-18 October 2017 . The partnership lead Creative Exchange launched HEADS-UP project to help at risk young adults from online threats.
Creative Exchange UK is to lead HEADS-UP, an EU funded project, that aims to support teachers and front line workers dealing with young adults at risk from online threats and radicalisation.
The rise of the internet as a primary entertainment and information platform has enabled fast and free access to people’s devices through social media, video and games. This virtual cosmos provides unlimited opportunities for sexual predators, political and quasi-religious fanatics, and Internet trolls intent on grooming young people who are most often the primary target audience.
These are all issues that front line educators and youth workers are expected to address with their target groups. Young adults need support in any type of education but the vast and ever developing online world poses many challenges and potential dangers.
The HEADS-UP project, which will initially run until late 2019, aims to build the skills of front line workers through in-service training and a series of simulated videos that explicitly demonstrate those online threats. This practical, user friendly set of resources will enable educators to support their target groups more effectively by teaching them how to identify and address potential radicalisation and grooming tactics.
Creative Exchange has European partners from Ireland, Portugal, Croatia, Cyprus, Spain, Denmark and Czech Republic involved in the project to ensure the widest possible roll-out of the training.