December 5, 2014 at 11:46 am #8950
Here is the place to come for December’s live discussion.
Join us from 12:30-1:30 on Monday 15 December for a lunchtime chat on everything you need to know about running projects for children and safeguarding.
To give advice and let you know what you need to do to work with children, we’ll have Kevin from the Safe Network to share expert advice.
Looking forward to it!
As always if you have any questions, or need a bit of help, just email Communications@cdf.org.uk
LizzyDecember 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm #9091
Hello and welcome to the last live discussion of the year!
Today we have Kevin from the Safe Network (run by the NSPCC and Children England) on hand to share tips and advice on running events for children and safeguarding.
Kevin – do you want to start with a little bit about what the Safe Network does?
CharlotteDecember 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm #9092
Thanks Charlotte Safe Network’s formal title is the national third sector safeguarding unit , but that’s is bit of a mouthfull , i know but basically its a partnership between children England and NSPCC that helps to support voluntary and community groups keep children and young people safeDecember 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm #9093
Ok great, thank you.
So what do we mean by safeguarding? For example, what kind of things do groups need to think about if they are running projects or events for children?December 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm #9094
So safeguarding commonly refers to child protection and their well being ; so it includes say safer recruitment ,avoiding accidents and bullying -as an example so its wider then just child protection but connected to itDecember 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm #9095
What kind of things does a community project need to have in place to make sure it’s complying with safeguarding guidance and best practice?December 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm #9096
Well charlotte it does depend on their size and what they plan to do and who they are working with – in other words what is the real risk . much of Safe Network’s information is held on its website http://www.safenetwork.org.uk
We have some great resources for community groups , i am thinking to introduce groups and community members to Safeguarding we have guide Our they Safe , for groups who are already doing something that’s a little more established our Safe Network Standards.
however if it is formal childcare you do need to be compliant with e relevant Ofsted requirmentsDecember 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm #9097
And for more on this, take a look at this resource over in the Knowledge Bank:December 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm #9098
One question we hear a lot is about DBS checks – what are they and what kind of group/activity requires them? (And where can you go to get them done?)December 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm #9099
So DBS replaced CRB about 18 months ago , most if not all activities where parents leave children and young people with others will mean that someone in the group will need a DBS check , there are a range of qualify criteria dependent on how frequent and what type of activity is being undertaken.
These requirements are also used for vulnerable adults although the definition of a vulnerable adult is different from that of an under 18
you cna get a DBS by using an umbrella organisation , there is full list of the on the DBS website eDecember 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm #9100
Thanks Kevin, that’s really great.
And what about Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) – how can they be of use to community groups running activities for children?December 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm #9101
Here is the link to the list of umbrella bodies that deliver DBS checks on the DBS website: https://dbs-ub-directory.homeoffice.gov.uk/December 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm #9102
Local Safeguarding Children Boards, who each have website, are pretty important -that’s the place you can learn about what do to if you have concern about a child or young person and also where you should be able to get access to the basic or level one Child protection training that all volunteers working directly with children and young people should undertakeDecember 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm #9103
That’s really useful – thanks.
And then in terms of risk assessments, where can groups go to get advice and support on writing these?December 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm #9104
Local Safeguarding Children Boards, who each have website, are pretty important -that’s the place you can learn about what do to if you have concern about a child or young person and also where you should be able to get access to the basic or level one Child protection training that all volunteers working directly with children and young people should undertake
To find your Local Safeguarding Children Board – take a look at this resource in Step 1: find out what’s already happening: http://www.justact.org.uk/2014/10/15/find-your-local-safeguarding-children-board-lscb/
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