From April 2016, the NSPCC website will be the new home for safeguarding support for the voluntary, community and faith sectors
Safe Network was launched in 2009 as a partnership between the NSPCC and Children England to develop and deliver a range of tailored safeguarding resources and services for the voluntary and community sector.
The service was funded by the Department for Education. When this contract with the government ended in March 2015 the NSPCC continued to fund Safe Network on a reduced scale.
Providing quality safeguarding support to the voluntary and community sector is as paramount as ever. The NSPCC has decided to continue the good work Safe Network has started. Safe Network's tools and resources have found a new home integrated within the NSPCC and will continue to draw on the knowledge and experience of NSPCC experts and external partners across the UK.
Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive said:
"Every childhood is worth fighting for, and the voluntary, community and faith sectors are key contributors in this mission.
"I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has worked on Safe Network over the past few years. This service has led the way in providing quality safeguarding advice which has benefited children across the UK. We need to ensure we carry on this good work.
"By taking on-board what we have already learnt over the past 6 years, I am sure we will continue to make a real contribution to the safeguarding of children and young people involved in community-based activities."
Kathy Evans, Children England Chief Executive said:
"Safe Network has been a brilliant exercise in co-production, showing what the voluntary sector can do when we collaborate. The standards, tools and resources developed with NSPCC's renowned expertise and Children England's engagement with many thousands of people across the voluntary and community sector, will remain an essential practical help for small organisations and faith communities in their day-to-day activities.
"Children England will continue to recommend them to our members and wider stakeholders, and I would still encourage funders and commissioners to view them as a valuable resource for supporting best practice in child safeguarding."
From April 2016, key changes include:
Website to close on 31 March
The Safe Network website will close at the end of March 2016. The NSPCC is building a new self-assessment tool. It will still be free to use but users will need to start their self-assessment again. It will be based on the same standards framework and will be available from early April 2016.
Key information and resources will be accessible on nspcc.org.uk
Anyone trying access the Safe Network website will automatically be directed to the relevant part of the NSPCC website. The following Safe Network resources are already available on the NSPCC website:
Safe Network Twitter account will close
Tweeters can follow @NSPCCpro for all safeguarding and child protection news.
NSPCC and Children England
The NSPCC offers a range of services to the voluntary, community and faith sectors:
- specialist information, advice and support
- newsletters and briefings – Safe Network newsletter subscribers will automatically receive its equivalent from the NSPCC
- outreach work
- specific projects, including the piloting of approaches
- representation and influence.
Children England continues to be the membership and support body for any voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations who work with children, young people and families. It is also a provider of free resources, training and consultancy on a wide range of strategic and operational issues for voluntary and community organisations, including governance and trusteeship.
Children England and the NSPCC will continue to work together as independent organisations with their own respective goals to support the voluntary, community and faith sector organisations in their work with children and young people.
Thank you from NSPCC and Children England
NSPCC and Children England would like to say a big thank you to all who have helped make Safe Network such a success, including:
- Department for Education
- Delivery Partners
- Champions and Ambassadors
- Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs)
- Councils for Voluntary Service
- other groups, organisations, forums and individuals that have supported the work of Safe Network
- the brilliant staff who have worked on the project.