Staying safe online

Find advice and support to help you, your family or business stay safe online.

1 What we do

We are an integral part of the Community Safety & Wellbeing Team within West Sussex County Council. We raise online safety awareness amongst our communities and professionals across West Sussex.

We run many events, offering different packages, giving top tips and advice to help you stay safe when you’re online.

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2 Online safety advice

Many people have concerns about using the internet, however, there are practical steps you can take to use it safely.

Below are resources which offer advice on how to remain safe while using the internet:


Almost all of us are likely to be spending more time online at the moment, including children. 

The Government has produced some guidance for parent and carers to keep children safe online. This outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.

3 Training events

Safe Against Scams

Due to the success of previous sessions, West Sussex Community Safety and Wellbeing Team, alongside Trading Standards, are running more Safe Against Scams webinars. Please share the information about these sessions with your friends and family so we can prevent as many people as possible from becoming a victim of fraud.

The Remote Digital Support Service can provide support with accessing the webinars from your own device or give you the opportunity to view the webinars on an iPad at your local library. Please request support or register your interest by phoning 033 022 23455.

More than ever before, we have been relying on technology to enable us to work, learn and connect with each other. Inevitably, this has been exploited by criminals who have used this to their advantage.

The pandemic has seen a rise in scams, including phone, courier and romance fraud, which have all become an increased concern in West Sussex. Not only is there the financial impact on victims but the emotional impact can be even more significant.

Our free monthly scams awareness webinars raise awareness of these different types of scams, how to spot them and what to do if you or your family become a victim.

The 'Safe Against Scams' webinars are on the following dates:

  • Thursday 27 January 2022 - 10.00am-11.30am
  • Tuesday 15 February 2022 - 1.00pm-2.30pm
  • Monday 7 March 2022 - 10.00am-11.30am
Book any of these events (external link)

4 Report online crime

If you or your business become a victim of cybercrime you can report it to Action Fraud.

If you suspect that a child or young person has been, or is being, groomed or exploited this must be shared with one of the agencies below:

  • Police: 101 or in an emergency 999
  • West Sussex Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 01403 229900
  • NSPCC Online Safety helpline: 08088 005002
Last updated:
15 November 2021
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