VoiCeS Weekly Update 25th June 2015

Designated Person in the VCS Training

Date: Thursday 9th July 2015
Time: 09:30 - 12:30. Registration from 09:15.
Venue: Bedlington

The role of the Designated Person for Child Protection is crucial to voluntary and community groups to protect children in their care. When staff or volunteers express concerns about a child, the DP has to make key decisions about when to make a referral, when to discuss these concerns with parents, how to support the child and the staff through the process of referral.

Learning outcomes:
  • Develop an understanding of the role and remit of the designated person
  • Explore thresholds of concern and appropriate responses using the Northumberland FACT Thresholds document.
  • Identify the stages of the referral process and the part you and your organisations play in it.
  • Recognise the principles of information sharing
  • Share good practice in safeguarding children in the VCS
  • Recognise responsibilities and procedures for managing allegations against staff or volunteers.
  • Identify any further training needs.
Who should attend:  Anyone holding the Role of Designated Person for Child Protection in a VCS organisation or group, for example staff, volunteers and trustees.

Cost: £35 per person (includes membership of the Designated Person Network)

To book your place please contact Jennifer at VoiCeS on 01665 713109 or email her at
Safeguarding Children from Extremism Training

Date: 8th July 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 12.30 pm
Venue: West Hartford Fire Station, Cramlington

Would you know how to recognise radical behaviour?

  • Do you know how vulnerable people become radicalised?
  • What makes someone vulnerable?
  • How do you support someone who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and engaging with extremist groups?
  • Do you know about the “Prevent Strategy” and your role within it?

The training aims to give professionals the skills to identify individuals that show signs of vulnerability, identify what they are vulnerable to and support those individuals so that they do not become radicalised by persons or groups supporting violent extremism.

To Book a Place...

Please contact

How Safe Are Our Children? 2015 Report 

The NSPCC's third annual state of the nation report has unveiled a sharp rise in the number of recorded sexual offences against children in the UK.
The report, launched today at the NSPCC How Safe Are Our Children? conference, is the most robust and up-to-date overview of child protection in the UK. It also finds that the number of children in the UK’s child protection systems has increased in all four nations since 2002.
Key messages:
  • More support is needed for the victims of abuse. We’ve seen a rise in the number of people coming forward about their experiences of abuse. The support must match this increased willingness to speak out. Victims of child abuse need more therapeutic support, and age-appropriate support at every stage of the criminal justice process.
  • We must not lose sight of neglect.  While child sexual exploitation is dominating the media, it’s important to remember that neglect remains the most common form of child abuse across the UK. We need to continue to gather evidence into what works in tackling neglect.
  • Early intervention is key.  We need to intervene early to address problems before they become more serious and entrenched. By intervening early we can protect children more effectively and save money. 
Key findings:
  • All 4 countries in the UK have seen the number of recorded sexual offences against children increase over the last year.
  • There’s been an increase in contacts to the NSPCC helpline and ChildLine about sexual abuse.
  • Neglect remains the most common form of child abuse in the UK.
  • The number of children dying as a result of homicide or assault remains in long term decline.

 Download the report here.

UK Youth/ Northumberland Clubs for Young People (NCYP):
Peer Education and Democracy Project Training

Date:  Monday 29th June
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm: (working lunch provided)
Venue: NCYP Office, 34 Grainger Park Road, Newcastle, NE4 8RY
Cost: FREE!

Aims and Objectives

NCYP are working in partnership again with UK Youth to deliver a Peer Education and Democracy Project Training.

In Autumn 2014 UK Youth developed a toolkit for youth workers and volunteers to support them to engage young people in the concept of Democracy. This resource has been a great success and has led to the development of UK Youths Peer Education Democracy Project, funded through the Cabinet Office until January 2016.

This is a great opportunity for youth workers to gain the knowledge and resources to increase the democratic engagement of young people. Youth Workers will receive FREE training on the toolkit and materials to support them through the programme.  Each Youth Worker will be expected to train at least three young people as Peer Educators (Champions) and these champions will need to peer educate at least 5 of their peers. Through this process it is hoped more young people will engage in democracy and will register to vote.

If you would like to be involved in the programme you will need to attend the Youth Workers Training.
The training will guide you through how to use the Democracy Toolkit and run a Peer Education programme with the young people you work with.

The toolkit is aimed at young people aged over 16, featuring activities and information to improve their understanding of Democracy. The resources are designed for all kinds of abilities and situations and will suit both large and small groups.

How to Book...
Please note places are limited, but we can run another course if oversubscribed. To book please complete the attached application form and email this directly back to:

Sarah Lewis (UK Youth) T: 07795 652014 / E:

Regional Seminar - Opportunities with Erasmus+

Thursday 9 July 2015
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: Gateshead Central Library, NE8 4LN.

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme that is focused on education, training, youth and sport. It seeks to address challenges such as rising levels of unemployment, particularly among young people. Erasmus+ also seeks to develop social capital among young people – The empowerment of young people and their ability to participate actively in society. The programme also enhances the opportunities for co-operation and mobility with partner countries.

Our sector has not always made the most of the opportunities provided to it by European Union funding. There are a range of reasons for this, including unfamiliarity with the process, a view that applying can be time-consuming, that funding is target driven.

This regional seminar will look to de-bunk some of the myths around the Erasmus+ programme,
provide advice on applying for funding and provide the space for partners to exchange ideas on suitable funding bids. There will be the opportunity to explore larger scale projects for those partners interested in developing strategic bids. If you are interested in your organisation accessing Erasmus+ funding then this seminar is for you.

How to Book...
Please email


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