Useful links

This page is for those working in the voluntary sector with children and young people and will provide information, guidance and links to useful websites.

Child protection and safeguarding policy (Template) 

The Local Authority Designated Officer produces a template Child protection and safeguarding Policy (updated Aug 2016) for schools which can easily be adapted for the purpose of voluntary and community sector agencies. Policies should be updated every 12 months.

NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe toolkit

The Keeping Children Safe: A Toolkit for Child Protection is a complete package for people working in child protection across the world. The Toolkit aims to support agencies at international, national and local levels put these standards into practice. It has five components:

Tool 1 – standards for child protection (PDF, 1.5MB) A book which explains what the basic standards should be for all organisations working in child protection across the world

Tool 2 – how to implement the standards (PDF, 3.4MB) A resource pack that provides guidance and activities to help you and your organisation meet those standards

Tool 3 – training for child protection (PDF, 3.9MB) A pack of flexible training exercises and materials to help you and your organisation train staff to meet the standards

Tool 4 – a DVD to support and help with training

Tool 5 – a CD-ROM to support and help with training and implementation of standards. The CD Rom contains all the training materials, trainer notes, exercises, activities, sample forms and templates.

Private Fostering Arrangements

A private fostering arrangement is one that is made without the involvement of the local authority for the care of a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative for 28 days or more, in the carer’s own home. Under the Children Act 1989, private foster carers and those with parental responsibility are required to notify the local authority of their intention to privately foster; or have a child privately fostered. Local authorities must satisfy themselves of the suitability of the private foster carer and their household or accommodation. They have the power to impose requirements on the private foster carer, or if there are serious concerns about an arrangement, to prohibit it.

If you would like further information or need to notify someone of a Private Fostering arrangement please contact – Suzie Moss (Private Fostering Worker) on 01865 323167 or 07775 025248

You can also contact the City Assessment Team on 01865 323048

Voluntary Sector Links and Useful websites

Link to Safe network keeping children safe toolkit page: NSPCC Safe Network

The Safe Network: Safeguarding Children and Young People
Run as a partnership between NSPCC and Children England, the Safe Network provides a website containing practical safeguarding information and advice for community and voluntary groups, as well as training events, a phone enquiry service, and community-based support through regional development managers and delivery partners. For more information visit the Safe Network website.

ARC Action for Rights of Children
A child rights based training and capacity building initiative.

Child protection policies and procedures
E, Jackson and M, Wernham (2005) Child Protection policies and procedures toolkit- how to create a child safe organisation: Child Hope UK

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Child Wise ECPAT Australia
Child Wise is a charity working to prevent and reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in Australia and overseas. Child Wise is the Australian representative of ECPAT International which is a global campaign existing in over 70 countries committed to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).

Child Protection in Sport Unit
Has lots of information about protecting children from abuse in sport and leisure.

Child Rights Information Network

A series of online child protection distance learning awareness training courses are available and have been developed in partnership with the NSPCC.

A network of organisations and individuals working together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children.

The Football Association
The English Football Association has a useful website for any agency involved in sport. Look for the learning web site (Goal child protection section) which has some useful advice on child protection and children in sport.

Internet Watch Foundation
A useful website for advice and guidance on internet child abuse crimes

International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)
ICVA is a global network that brings together human rights, humanitarian, and development NGOs as an advocacy alliance for humanitarian action. ICVA is hosting the Building Safer Organisations project, which assists humanitarian agencies to develop the capacity to investigate allegations of abuse or exploitation of persons of concern by members of staff. The project provides
training, support and advice on receiving complaints and conducting investigations. In addition, through the project, NGOs from around the world are coming together and building relationships between NGOs and UN organisations with the goal of making humanitarian organisations safer for beneficiaries. Information on ICVA, the Building Safer Organisations Project and the training events and materials can be found on the website.

International Red Cross Code
The international code of conduct can be found on the web site.

International society for the prevention of child abuse and neglect

National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Largest UK charity working for the ending of child cruelty. Has many child protection training and resources.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

People in Aid
You can download a copy of the Role of HR in Child Protection from the People in Aid website

The website has a range of resources and information about the protection of children.

United Nations IASC (Inter-Agency Standing Committee)
Task Force Core Principles and Code of Conduct

United Nations Secretary General’s Study on Violence Against Children

Virtual Global Task Force
An international alliance of law enforcement agencies working together to make the internet safe, can be contacted for further advice in this area.

Viva Network
Exists to connect and unite Christians working with children at risk. Viva Network helps projects work together, they form ‘networks’, where knowledge,skills and experience are shared. This means that individual project workers are able to more fully realise their potential, their projects increase their capacity,and ultimately more children benefit.

World Heath Organization (WHO)
Has information on injuries and violence prevention and definitions of child abuse.

Additional information on child protection can be found on the web sites of the Keeping Children Safe Coalition.

Consortium of Street Children –

EveryChild –

International Federation Terre des hommes –

Oxfam –

People In Aid –

Plan International –

Save the Children UK –

Tearfund –

World Vision UK –