Setting up a group for children and young people can be fun, exciting and incredibly rewarding. Providing a safe environment is an important part of making sure this is the case. Doing so doesn’t have to be complicated, which is where Safe Network comes in.
Safe Network is the national child safeguarding unit in England providing free advice to the wide variety of voluntary and community groups running activities for children and young people.
- It offers an extensive range of safeguarding resources, up-to-date information and news through its website as well as training and networking opportunities on a local level.
- It has almost 20,000 registered members and up to 80,000 website visits every month.
The Network is a partnership between the NSPCC and Children England, funded by the Department for Education.
Below are four of their resources:
1. Are the Safe – aimed at volunteers and smaller organisations who occasionally work with children.
2. Safe Network Standards – to ensure that organisations are compliant with their responsibilities under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004.
3. Everyone’s Business: Safeguarding for Trustees uses the latest statutory guidance to present the key safeguarding requirements of organisations.
4. Our Decision helps to bridge the gap between a blanket checking system and a more nuanced approach for voluntary and community groups.
Lastly, there is information from the gov.uk site with a full list of document and statistics for any groups that want to know more.
Source: Safe Network and gov.uk