The BHSCP is committed to ensuring that we are consulting with the community and children and young people when we develop our strategies.
The partnership’s Business Manager has a role in ensuring that this is achieved by engaging with voluntary, charity, social enterprise (VCSE) and faith groups as well as groups of young people.
Through offering one or two targeted community events a year we hope to engage our vibrant community and voluntary sector and faith groups in training, challenge, and consultation.
The BHSCP work with a Youth Voice Forum to ensure that the voice of the child and families is incorporated into our work.
There are also a number of lay members who sit on the BHSCP Board and Steering group. Their role is to:
- Provide an extra level of scrutiny and challenge to our work
- Encourage professionals to speak in a way that is easier to understand, eliminating jargon
- Bring in a valuable local representative voice into our decision making
- Support stronger public engagement in, and understanding of, children’s safeguarding issues
Community and Voluntary Sector
The Community and Voluntary sector has a vital role to play in the work of the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership. Community and Voluntary agencies, as well as Faith Organisations, are often the first point of contact for local families and children and young people needing help and support. The voluntary sector, therefore, is extremely well-placed to undertake preventative work, make early assessments of need and undertake early help work. Voluntary organisations are also able to play an advocacy role, enabling and supporting families and children to access and understand statutory services.
Useful Links and Resources
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has produced a range of safeguarding resources for community organisations, which you can find here.