Terms & Conditions

About Our CSWM

Our CSWM is a secure online space for CSWs/those who work in children’s social work in the 15 local authorities across Yorkshire and Humber. Use this resource to:

  • Stay up to date with news, latest learning & knowledge (best practice, policy & legislation and research) and events going on locally, regionally and nationally
  • Stay up to date with colleagues – have conversations in the Team Room
  • Develop your CPD and log your CPD activity
  • View live webinars

Who has access to Our CSWM?

Our CSWM is only available to those who work in the field of children’s social work in Yorkshire and Humber:

  • CSWs (including NQCSWs, PCSWs, ACDS) - They must be employed at one of the 15 LAs
  • Local Social Work Students - Students must be doing a relevant social work course at a local university or college in the region and are either in their final year of undergraduate studies or studying a post graduate course.
  • Students on placement – They must be on placement within the 15 LAs (they do not have to be attending an university or college in the region)
  • HEI staff – social work research and teaching staff

Rules of interaction

You are able to have online conversations with your colleagues from across the region via the Team Room. As you would do so normally, you are expected to behave responsibly and use your professional integrity when required (i.e. anonymise cases).

Your private discussions will not be monitored by any of the Directors.


Team Room

All discussions that happen in the Team Room will never be made available to members of the public, as each and every conversation occurs in a secure and safe online environment only used by Our CSWM registered children's social workers and colleagues within the Yorkshire and Humber region. It's a useful resource to help you as children's social workers share advice and best practice with one another within a professional capacity.


Your details which you view online are safe, as it’s saved to your account. However, when you download your full activity list, it will be downloaded to the machine you are working on. It is your responsibility to keep any sensitive information secure and when appropriate remove it from a machine which is not your own.

Account management responsibilities

It is your responsibility to keep your profile up-to-date.

If you move local authorities, you must notify support@childrenssocialworkmatters.org and they will change your email address, otherwise you risk having your profile deleted, and therefore lose your CPD activity.

Remember; make sure you do not share your password with anyone so that no one else can access your account.

Privacy policy

This Children’s Social Work Matters privacy policy statement discloses the privacy practices for our.childrenssocialworkmatters.org. It applies solely to this website; links within this site to other websites are not covered by this privacy statement.

Information collection and use

Children’s Social Work Matters does not store or collect any personal information about site users. The system will record your email address and other information if volunteered to us by you through certain sections of the site, such as commenting on a blog post. This information shall be treated as confidential. It may only be used for internal review and to contact you regarding any feedback.


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In general, we use cookies to enable user sessions (login functionality) and to anonymously log the pages users have visited to gather information about all of our users collectively, such as what areas users visit most frequently and what services are accessed most. We only use such data in the aggregate. This information helps us determine what is most beneficial for our users, and how we can continually create a better overall experience for our users and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

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You can easily remove any cookies that have been created in the cookie folder of your browser. For example, if you are on Windows machine, here are the steps on how to use Windows Explorer to erase cookie files:

  1. Click on ‘Windows Explorer’
  2. Click on ‘Tools’
  3. Click on ‘Internet Options’
  4. Click on the ‘General’ tab
  5. Click on the ‘Delete’ button in the ‘Browsing History’ section
  6. Click on the ‘Delete Cookies’ button next to the ‘Cookies’ section
  7. Close when finished
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Useful Links

  • Information Commissioners Office – As the independent arbiter of information rights, the Information Commissioner has been charged with regulating the new rules for websites aimed at UK consumers.
  • AboutCookies.org – More information about cookies, including how to manage or delete them.
  • Google Analytics – How Google Analytics use cookies and how to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics.
  • Directgov – Manage cookies yourself and learn more about them with this advice from Directgov

Notification of changes

The Children’s Social Work Matters Team reserves the right to change the privacy policy statement without notice. It is the responsibility of users to check this privacy statement regularly.