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Safeguarding children across faith & cultural groups London Safeguarding Children Board 3 rd April 2012 The Sutton Experience Julie Duffy, Faith & Cultural.

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1 Safeguarding children across faith & cultural groups London Safeguarding Children Board 3 rd April 2012 The Sutton Experience Julie Duffy, Faith & Cultural Groups Project Worker, SCVS Toni Walsh. Development Team Manager, SCVS

2 Mapping and strengthening engagement with local faith, cultural, community groups and supplementary schools a) To promote partnership between statutory & voluntary sectors and strengthen safeguarding capacity. b) To identify and make contact with those that are not linked into advice and training from the local voluntary sector umbrella organisation - SCVS c) To assist groups to establish, improve and share child protection good practice d) Assist groups to keep up to date with policy, research, training & links into Sutton LSCB

3 Mapping- SCVS membership, voluntary /community groups, family information service, internet, local, regional & national affiliated agencies, safeguarding health checks, local papers/groups newsletters, word of mouth & meetings. Where we started, how many identified, engaged/supported Faith Groups 27 known 99 identified-51 engaged Cultural Community Groups 18 known 20 identified 13 engaged Supplementary Schools 11 known 12 identified 10 engaged Portuguese Embassy identified via health check

4 Local agencies interested in mapping Safer Sutton Partnership Hate Crime Domestic Violence Sutton Police Partnerships Sutton Housing PartnershipInformation and signposting Sutton Faith & Belief ForumIncrease understanding & engagement Children/Family CentresBetter information on families with whom they might/could be working

5 Case Study 1 Faith Group / Supplementary School Muslim group, established 2003 Uses both council and VCS venues Self-funding No safeguarding practice in place Develop supplementary school Proactive trustees versus other trustees Challenging discussions, lots of support

6 Development Communication and meetings since Oct 2011 Safeguarding lead in place Staff/volunteers attended training CRBs Insurance Policy development in progress Review procedures Quality Mark

7 Case Study 2 Faith Group Philippine group-established in London over 30 years Uses community centre Self-funding No safeguarding procedures in place Communications from April 2011 not responded to, raised concerns with centre manager

8 Development Communication and meetings since Oct 2011 Safeguarding lead/s in place CRBs Risk assessments-security changes Policy development in progress Agenda item / forum Model good practice-national Requests for regular meetings

9 Interfaith Week 2011 Engagement

10 Learning from Engagement Time, commitment & repetition needed for engagement with groups/leaders Time to build trust & confidence in one another-attend group meetings/community events Time to build on & keep communications open Increased knowledge and understanding of other cultures and faith To respect that people have jobs/families & majority are volunteers - time difficult Many groups challenge the need for safeguarding procedures Many groups require more support than others, even well established groups

11 For further information of the Sutton project, contact: Toni Walsh: Julie Duffy: Tel: Website: Sutton Project is funded to December 2012 and is supporting groups with developing/enhancing adults at risk safeguarding practice as well as child protection.


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