Are you a voluntary organisation who works with children and young people? Then you have an important role to play in helping keep them safe
If you or your organisation is involved with supporting children and young people you have a responsibility to ensure that you have policies and procedures, and guidance in place that will underpin the work that you do. These policies and procedures will help to promote children’s welfare and protect them from harm. You also need to make sure that your staff and volunteers are suitably trained to recognise and respond to concerns about children’s safety and well-being.
Safeguarding (keeping children safe) can seem daunting and you might find it challenging to know what you or your organisation needs to do to protect the children and young people in your care. There is however a lot of advice, information and support available to help you to do this.
Safety Net runs regular training courses for staff, trustees and volunteers, whether you are new to safeguarding or stepping into a more responsible role as the designated child protection lead for your organisation. We can provide training courses and workshops either to individuals or as bespoke training for your organisation at your own premises.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has produced a range of safeguarding resources for community organisations.
So, if you or your organisation support children and young people and are interested in finding out more about the safeguarding services provided by Safety Net then please get in touch.
Tel: 01273 420973 or see www.safety-net.org.uk/training/
Safety Net is a registered Umbrella body for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks. We can support your group with the DBS application process, and give advice about how to deal with the checks and safe recruitment. For more information contact our DBS Coordinator on 01273 414981 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the DBS section of our website.
The Local Safeguarding Children’s Partnership
Every area is required by law to have a Local Safeguarding Children Partnership which makes sure that all local organisations and groups are working effectively to keep children safe. Safety Net’s Director, Terri Fletcher, is the elected representative for the Community and Voluntary Sector on the Brighton & Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
Concerned about a child?
The Front door for Families is the first point of contact for any safeguarding and child protection concerns in Brighton and Hove. The service provides support, guidance and access to specialist targeted services for parents, carers, members of the public, young people and professionals. They can be contacted on 01273 290400 or email FrontDoorforFamilies@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk
If you are concerned about a child outside the Brighton and Hove area please check your local council or LSCP website for referral contacts.