Venues asked to 'Be Activities Wise' and C.H.E.C.K. for child safety
Venues asked to ‘Be Activities Wise’ and C.H.E.C.K. for child safety
With summer holidays fast approaching, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Boards are calling on all parish councils and venue operators to ‘be activities wise’ and to help keep children safe.
When we talk about safeguarding, most people think about schools being responsible for the safeguarding of children whilst they’re in school. But the classroom isn’t the only place where it’s important to make sure that children and young people are safe and well cared for.
You may have seen information about alleged child abuse taking place in community based Football Association (FA) clubs over the last year. The FA now has high child safeguarding standards - meaning that all staff and volunteers who are involved in working with young people and children are checked and trained in how to care for a child’s welfare and safety.
Unfortunately, not every organisation or community-based group has such policies in place.
The majority of people leading on activities outside of education will have your child’s best interest at heart. These activities can really help with children’s development, help them make new friends, gain confidence and learn new skills.
However, the fact is that it’s not essential for community groups and leaders to undergo safeguarding training to properly look after children in their care, to be aware of any problems the child may have or to keep them safe from harm.
There are thousands of activities that take place in a variety of venues across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. That means that there is a risk, however small, of some form of child abuse taking place.
It’s important that everyone plays their role in keeping children and young people safe so they can have fun and enjoy activities as they should.
As a Parish Council it’s likely that you host a number of extracurricular activities in your venues and you may already have checks and requirements of activity leaders in place. However, the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board are urging venue owners to be vigilant and to ask activity leaders if they have the appropriate safeguarding policies, procedures and checks in place. We’d welcome the support of Parish Councils to C.H.E.C.K. and also display the posters/ use the promotional materials that are available at www.sscb.org.uk/beactivitieswise/ activityleaders
Please remember to C.H.E.C.K:
- C- Are you confident they have the right qualifications to lead the activity?
- H-Do they have a history of delivering activities?
- E- Are they experienced in running activities for children and young people?
- C- Have they undergone any necessary police checks?
- K- Do they have a good knowledge of their safeguarding responsibilities?
If not, please refer them to our online advice for activity leaders that can be found at www.bit.ly/WStaffsleaders
The ‘Be Activities Wise’ campaign is also reaching out to parents to encourage them to do the same
More information about the campaign and hints and tips for parents to help choose summer activities is also available at www.bit.ly/CHECKstaffs
Please contact the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board on 01785 277394 / 01785 854579 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, and many thanks for your help.