SUSSEX CLUBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WORKS TO SAFEGUARD YOUNG PEOPLE
Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility and Sussex Clubs for Young People take our role in supporting our members and partners seriously.
In West Sussex we chair the VCS Safeguarding Forum and in East Sussex the Youth Infrastructure Forum to help coordinate and discuss how voluntary and community sector organisations with partners in local authorities, the NHS and Police.
As part of this multi-agency approach we are able to provide our members with access to online DBS Checks and we are currently developing an offer to visit clubs and provide Introduction to Safeguarding training.
The West Sussex Voluntary and Community Sector Safeguarding Forum exists to support voluntary and community sector organisations in keeping children and young people safe in West Sussex.
The members are safeguarding leads from a diverse range of organisations from across the county representing a variety of services working with different groups of children, young people and families in a multitude of ways. It exists as a mechanism to keep member organisations up to date with safeguarding knowledge and processes, to disseminate information from the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSSCP) and to provide a collective voice to inform the WSSCB from the sector’s perspective.
The forum meets 4 times a year at locations spread across the area, usually with a relevant guest speaker, an opportunity for networking and support, and updates in knowledge. Between meetings, information from WSSCB is regularly distributed by email to the group, and requests for information/responses are sought and fed back to the WSSCB.
Members are asked to commit to attending all the forum meetings or to send a delegate in their place in order that their organisation is represented and able to take the learning from the meeting back to both their own organisation and to cascade in their wider network.
The chair attends meetings of the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership to bring the voice of the forum .
The forum is currently developing an Introduction to Safeguarding training offer for its members to deliver on behalf of the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership.
Local training organisations e.g. Safety Net offers training for community groups, as well as support in developing policies and procedures through their workshops and quality assurance scheme. They also provide training in Protective behaviours for schools and social workers, and provide online safety training for professionals and parents & carers. For more information please visit www.safety-net.org.uk.
Forthcoming Meetings: Tuesday 10th December – Wickbourne Centre, Clun Road, Littlehampton BN17 7DZ Wednesday 11th March – Billingshurst Village Centre, Billingshurst RH14 9QW Tuesday 9th June – Maybridge Keystone Centre, Raleigh Way, Worthing BN12 6JD Thursday 10th September – Venue to be confirmed Thursday 10th December – Wickbourne Centre, Clun Road, Littlehampton BN17 7DZ
Every charity, regardless of type and size, should be a safe place – for all your beneficiaries, supporters, volunteers and staff. Building strong safeguarding practices and a safe culture can be a daunting business through, especially for smaller organisations.
NSPCC – SAFEGUARDING RESOURCES FOR VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
NSPCC Learning has published a series of safeguarding resources aimed at the voluntary and community sector in the UK. These were produced as part of the Safeguarding Training Fund. New resources for the sector include: an introductory guide to safeguarding and child protection; information for charity trustees; information about safeguarding and child protection standards and guidance; and information on working with young volunteers.