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Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS)

Date: Tuesday, 24th Nov 2020 | Category: Newsletter November 2020

SCVYS ran their first online Safeguarding Awareness training session on October 21. The session covered the content of the Level 1 programme, focusing in particular on the practical application of safeguarding in a voluntary youth sector setting. It was free to access for their member network, having been funded by Staffordshire Community Foundation, and was fully booked with 20 staff and volunteers from the sector..

SCVYS has recently updated the content of the session with an increased focus on Neglect as one of the local Safeguarding Children Board’s priority areas, including an introduction to child development and encouraging people to do further reading and study in this area to help them identify neglect at the earliest possible time.

Feedback was very positive from delivering key information in this way, and they have also been prompted to seek out additional resources to help those for whom English is not their first language.

Feedback from participants included:

  • “The overall content was really valuable to me and the youth theatre I support and I will be sharing the top tips with other committee members”
  • “Very useful overview and refresher. I am now clear how and when to act if necessary. Excellent course. Thank you.”
  • “Well presented and informative!”

SCVYS plans to run the session again before Christmas, as it is a useful means of helping the voluntary sector workforce to be up to date and fully engaged in applying good safeguarding practice to their organisations.  For more information on the work of SCVYS, future training or safeguarding support for voluntary organisations working with children and young people in Staffordshire please go to or contact 01785 240378.