Everyone who works with children/young people – including Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector Workers – has a responsibility for keeping them safe.
Voluntary, Community, Faith and Private Sector organisations play an important role in delivering services to children/young people. They should have safeguarding arrangements in place to keep children and young people safe, and need to work effectively with the Harrow Safeguarding & Children Board (HSCB) to ensure this. Paid and volunteer staff need to be aware of their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and attend safeguarding training. This should enable workers to identify child protection concerns and have the confidence to make referrals to local authority children’s services or the police.
How can we help?
We are supporting this work by offering *free certified training in:
- Level 2 Safeguarding (this is offered as multi agency or In House Training)
- Children & Young Peoples Forum (for the Safeguarding Leads (NSP/DSL) in organisations)
- Level 3 Nominated Safeguarding Person (NSP)(DSL) training
- Referrals for the Local Authority Designated Officer Training (LADO)
- Bi Monthly Safeguarding Newsletter
- One-to-one support clinics for organisations by looking at their existing child protection policies, updating existing policies, and giving advice, support and guidance with referrals to the Children’s Services.
An organisation check list is available to help organisations to identify any gaps in safeguarding that may need to addressed.
*free to not for profit organisations operating/working in Harrow
Safer Internet Day 6th February 2024
Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in approximately 190 countries and territories worldwide.
From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns.
These resources were created by Childnet, a UK Safer Internet Centre partner, during lockdown in April 2020. Since the team couldn’t deliver sessions directly to children, they created these easy-to-follow videos that parents and carers can do at home with their children.
These 10-15 minute videos are designed to be picked up and used by families with any young person aged 6-9. We created them so that children can learn important safety messages including:
* How to keep personal information safe
* Who they talk to online and what they look at or watch
* What they can trust online
* How they can be kind and supportive to others online
* What to do if something upsets or worries them online
The video lessons are based on our popular SMART rules, which many schools use when teaching about online safety. This means some children may already be familiar with the concept of the rules and will hopefully enjoy the opportunity to explore them in more depth. If your child is already familiar with these rules it can be a great chance for them to be the experts and share what they think with you and the rest of the family.
For more information resources and guidance please visit the website
Further information resources:
- Link to the NSPCC Self Assessment Tool
- Harrow Safeguarding Children/Young People Board Website
- Harrow Safeguarding Adult Board
- Safeguarding Children/Young People – Green Book 2019 – 20 includes safeguarding children/young people policy/procedure document template
- Housing Domestic Abuse Options
- Safeguarding for Charities -Charity Commission Guidance