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Safe Communities, 24/09/07 [W]

The NSPCC launched Safe Communities: a toolkit to protect children and young people at community conferences in Llangollen and St Asaph on the 28 and 30 March.

A national distribution of information and application forms starts now. This makes the toolkit available to organisations working with children and young people beyond the pilot area of Denbighshire; to all of Wales.

The Safe communities’ toolkit is part of a major NSPCC three-year initiative, attracting funding from the Big Lottery Fund, and designed to ensure all children and young people in Wales and England can take part in organised activities safely.

The toolkit is designed to be used by community groups and clubs that work with children and young people of all ages, and that provide activities such as arts, hobbies, religious teaching, and early-years care. 

The toolkit contains information about protecting children from abuse, including: guidance on running a safe organisation; an awareness raising DVD for children and young people, staff and volunteers, and parents; two EduCare programmes – courses about safeguarding children; leaflets containing advice for children, young people and parents about safe settings; and posters providing phone numbers for NSPCC’s free Child Protection Helpline and Childline.

The first opportunity to apply for a toolkit is offered to organisations in networks supported by Children in Wales.

 The application form is detailed; the NSPCC explains that it needs to be comprehensive in order to make sure that the limited available numbers of the toolkits get to the clubs and groups that will take most advantage of it; and to inform future distribution of the toolkit, so that it gets to a rich variety of organisations working with children. Nonetheless, it should only take a few minutes to complete.

The toolkit is available free of charge. More information and an online application form can be found at www.nspcc.org.uk/safecommunities .You can obtain an application form in hard copy by phoning 0116 234 7253 or e mailing toolkit@nspcc.org.uk .

Please note on the application that you found out about the toolkit from Children in Wales.