The Safe Network is jointly managed by the NSPCC, Children England and Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), and was created in 2009 as a result of the Government's Staying Safe action plan. It provides safeguarding information and free resources related to activities outside the home - from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups.
Why does the Safe Network exist?
The community and voluntary sector, which includes charities, community and voluntary groups and social enterprise organisations, is large and diverse. Organisations and groups provide a wide range of services and activities for children, young people and their families, guardians and carers. We know that there's lots of good practice (in terms of keeping children safe) within the sector which can be shared and built on, but not all of the people and groups working with children do all they could do to keep them safe from harm.
The Safe Network Standards
The Safe Network has a set of standards, designed to help clubs or organisations keep children and young people safe. They cover:
- Safer staff and volunteers - recruitment, induction and supervision;
- Child protection;
- Preventing and responding to bullying;
- Avoiding accidents and running safe activities and events.
The Safe Network Standards self-assessment tool
By registering on the Safe Network website, www.safenetwork.org.uk you are also able to access an interactive self-assessment tool. This covers all the elements of each standard and helps you determine your organisation's strengths and where it needs to improve its measures for safeguarding children.
As you work through the self-assessment tool, you have access to a toolbox of useful resources, which you will be able to adapt for your organisation. These include examples of policies and procedures, guidance, templates for forms, standard letters that you may need, and sample posters and leaflets.
The Safe Network champions, safeguarding children and young people
Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS) has become the safeguarding network champion for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
The role of a champion is to utilise the Safe Network core safeguarding standards for safeguarding children within the voluntary and community sector. The Champions programme is seen as being the cornerstone of regional and local support. With help from Safe Network's central team and Regional Development Managers (RDMs), the Champions act as Safe Network representatives within their local community.
For further information, please contact SCVYS on firstname.lastname@example.org www.staffscvys.org.uk