Children and vulnerable people are not always able to tell us when this is happening to them, so it is up to the adults around them to make sure we can spot the signs and know what to do if we have concerns.
Voluntary and community groups who work with children and young people and/or vulnerable adults can struggle to keep up to date and to find the right resources. We run regular Basic Safeguarding Awareness Workshops which cover how to identify and deal with safeguarding issues which will help small voluntary and community organisations to develop good practice that suits their group and its activities. For details of future sessions go to the CVS Events page and set the category to Safeguarding.
In addition, you can sign up for free e-learning using the e-learning self registration system, available from the Pan-Bedfordshire Local Safeguarding Children Boards Training Unit. Their directory of courses lists subjects relating to the safeguarding of children and also vulnerable adults.
For groups working with children the NSPCC Safeguarding Tool Online has resources, including template forms, sample policy statements and codes of conduct to help your group safeguard children. Their self-assessment tool is also available to find out if your group is doing all it can to safeguard children.
Visit the VOCypf Safeguarding Children page for additional information for groups working with children.