Saturday 30 August
Both Phil and I come from a background in education and September 1st always feels like the new year for us. It’s a time to review how far we’ve come and make plans for the year ahead, especially thinking about new training needs for the people we work with, and of course for us personally! This year I’ll be studying for a Diploma in Small Business Coaching from the Coaching Academy, aiming to build on my long interest in helping entrepreneurs (and would-be entrepreneurs!) with a more coaching approach.
There’s plenty of evidence that learning and exercising your brain keeps you young! What will be your new learning? What will be your new goals for the year ahead?
PS If you work in education check out our special offer on personal workshops and coaching: a small appreciation for all the hard work that’s about to start for you again!
Tuesday 15 April
On 1st December 2012, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) under the Freedoms Act 2012. As a result CRB Checks are now called DBS Checks. This was much more than a change of names. Organisations working with children and young people and adults who may be vulnerable will need to be clear on changing arrangements and obligations.
Did you know that…
* it is illegal to apply for a DBS Check unless the role is eligible for one.
* you have a duty to report volunteers to the DBS who are dismissed or removed from Regulated Activity (or would have been if the person had not already left) because they harmed or posed a risk to an individual.
* DBS checks are now portable (you can take them from job to job) for the first time.
A Half day Briefing could help you feel you are up to date on all the changes. Are you in Waltham Forest? Sign up for the session on 1pm in Waltham Forest. Check details at
http://www.voluntaryaction.net/training/briefing-dbs-checks-previously-crb-checks or ring us directly.
Friday 14 March
Phil in Walthamstow this week running a Safeguarding briefing for the local Citizens Advice bureau.
CAB have been giving free confidential and impartial advice for nearly 75 years, they are a vital first stop for people wanting help and not knowing where to turn. Issues like debt have always been high on the agenda but safeguarding issues have a growing profile in the minds of the public, people concerned about bullying, online grooming, people trafficking, FGM (female genital mutilation) and abuse.
Would you know what to do if a colleague or employee or member of the public raised one of these issues? What is your organisation doing to help raise awareness and ensure people know where to turn for help when they need it? If you’d like help to think through some of the issues and implications of current Safeguarding practice get in touch with Phil on 07902929874.