DFE Consultation regarding safeguarding arrangements in a range of voluntary sector organisations

Dudley (CYPF) Network

 DfE have launched  a consultation regarding safeguarding arrangements for Out of School settings including religious groups, home education environments, tuition settings, youth centres, uniformed youth organisations and extra-curricular clubs which are not currently regulated by education or childcare law meaning such providers are not subject to the same safeguarding requirements as registered schools or childcare settings.

The DfE says that while there are many examples of exemplary providers that create positive and safe environments for children to flourish, there are also examples of settings that “lack sufficient safeguards” and in which children are at increased risk of harm to their physical or mental health; intellectual, emotional or behavioural development, or can be exposed to unsafe or hazardous environments.

It is important to share this information with unregistered childcare providers (those offering provision for children over the age of 8yrs and some holiday play-schemes) to encourage them to respond.

The consultation…

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The Disruptive Volunteer Manager



I’m really excited to announce my new book, “The Disruptive Volunteer Manager” will be available in a few days, both in paperback and in Kindle version.

The power of volunteers and volunteer initiatives is amazing. From witnessing a single volunteer deeply connect with someone to seeing hundreds of volunteers come together for a noble purpose, it has been life altering. It’s as if volunteering is a living, breathing entity, one that appears each time common goodness unfolds.

“The Disruptive Volunteer Manager,” lays out six steps to increase awareness of volunteers and to elevate volunteerism by disrupting the volunteer management norm in a forward moving way. It is a step by step journey to setting a new normal, one in which leaders of volunteers unleash the potential that awaits.

A few of the questions the book answers are:

  • What is volunteer role scalability?
  • What is volunteer synergy and why is that…

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‘This is Me’ – Workplace Wellbeing Event for employers – 21st January 2019 @WestMids_CA ‏

We have been asked to share details of the above event for employers and have included Lorna

On behalf of the ‘This is Me’ Partners, you are warmly invited to join the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, for the 2019 launch of ‘This is Me’ in the West Midlands.

Join us for a breakfast conference on Blue Monday, 21 January, claimed to be one of the most depressing days of the year, and help us turn it green by hearing about ‘This is Me’; a pioneering workplace mental health campaign which has reached more than one million employees across the UK so far.

We encourage organisations to book two spaces, bringing both a decision maker and an operational employee so ‘This is Me’ can be heard at both an executive and operational level.

There are limited spaces so please book to save your spot!

RSVP by Monday 14 January

Click here to find out more about This is Me.

‘This is Me’ West Midlands partners:

The event is at the Hawthorns and is from 8.45-11am but must be booked via the following link which provides more information about the Campaign as well



Home-Start volunteer course

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Home-Start Dudley to support families within the Dudley Borough.

Can you spare a couple of hours a week to give emotional and/or practical support to families in their own home?

Our next 10 session training course starts

on Tuesday 29th January ‘19 from 10 am – 2 pm and then runs every

Tuesday from 10 am to 2 pm

There will be a week’s break for half term commencing 18th Feb ‘19

If you are interested in joining us and would like to find out more   please contact Sue on 01384 482733

 Email: admin@home-startdudley.org.uk

Child Development in the Early Years Training

Dudley (CYPF) Network

Please note there are a limited number of spaces still available for Child Development in the Early Years on Thursday 17th January 9:30-12:30pm


The course will:

  • Explore attachment theory and how it affects children’s personal, social and emotional development, behaviour and learning
  • Recognise that a child is a unique individual whose development usually follows predictable patterns
  • Provide an overview of development areas and the terminology most frequently used
  • Recognise that many factors affect a child’s development.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants will: 

  • Have a broad overview of child development and will have considered their own professional development needs
  • Have an awareness of attachment theory and its affect on child development
  • Identify development areas and use these to acknowledge the uniqueness of each child
  • Know about the factors that may affect child development.

Who is this course for?

Professional workforce who work with and support…

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Early Help Enabling the Voluntary Sector

Dudley (CYPF) Network

So recently the CYPF team have had the pleasure of spending some time with the Local Authorities Early Help Enablers. We wanted to learn more about their role, how early help supports children, young people and families and how they can support the voluntary sector to be more involved in the Early Help process so we can reach, support and enable more people across the borough.

There are currently five enablers to support professionals and voluntary organisations split across the borough.

What is Early Help?
The enablers explained that Early Help is when action is taken as early as possible to provide support for children, young people and their families where issues or problems are emerging. This can be anything that the family is finding difficult and don’t feel they can deal with on their own. Early Help can be put in place at any time in a child’s or…

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