TAKE ACTION ON SAFEGUARDING
Today, the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYP) are holding their third annual National Safeguarding Day #StopLookListen16 which is the youth sector's chance to raise awareness of our vital role in safeguarding and child protection, and to reaffirm our commitment to the high standards we set ourselves.
NCVYS is calling on all children and youth organisations to Stop what they are doing, Look at their safeguarding practices and Listen to young people, empowering them to take an active role in managing their own safety.
This year their emphasis, because its a leap year is to ask you to StopLookListen and Leap into Action!
With safeguarding and child protection high profile issues in the media and the Government's continued enquiry into historic child abuse scandals underway, it's even more important than ever that we in the children and youth sector demonstrate the role we play and show that we can step up to the challenges society faces around these issues. The campaign aims to inspire and encourage children and youth organisations to show commitment to improving their safeguarding policies and standards.
Many organisations that VoiCeS work with, recognise that their safeguarding policies and procedures need updating or that their organisation has grown and the safeguarding arrangements haven’t kept pace. For a small group or organisation that is volunteer lead this can feel daunting even overwhelming. The good news is VoiCeS Northumberland can offer you one to one support, assess where you are up to, help you prioritise the most important things to do first then support you to develop an action plan for the future.
The first thing you could do to improve your safeguarding is to make sure all those who work with children and young people or adults at risk have carried out safeguarding training in the past 3 years.