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Communities Putting Children First Programme (WS25)

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Providing an interactive understanding of a new project run by Children 1ST which engages with and builds capacity within communities and families so that children and young people have safe environments in which they can grow up. Contributor: Children First

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Communities Putting Children First Programme (WS25)

  1. 1. Communities Putting Children1st"It takes a whole village to raise a child."
  2. 2. Who we are• Communities Putting Children1st• To raise awareness of safeguarding children and young people within their own community• Empower communities and help them to build their own capacity to ensure children are safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected and included.
  3. 3. Why we are here• Raise awareness of the communities role in and safeguarding of children and young people.• To explore the barriers to communities being able to safeguard children and young people.• To offer support and encouragement to communities in relation to them have a safeguarding role.
  4. 4. Everyone’s Responsibility… community society groups friends schoolstatutoryagencies parents & family extended family voluntary organisations peers
  5. 5. • Think Back• Recalling your childhood, did you feel safe in your community ?• What has or hasn’t changed?
  6. 6. Being a Bystander• Have you ever been a “passive bystander?” (You probably have been without even thinking about it• Walked past an accident,• Heard an alarm go off.• Why don’t we intervene?
  7. 7. Possible Responses• Someone else will deal with it• Not my problem• My safety• Feel embarrassed. Pressure from other people• Don’t know what to say or do? Who do we ask to find out?
  8. 8. Intervention (doing something) can mean:The 5 D’s• Directly Challenging – Approach the situation and challenge• Distracting – Try to distract the person from the situation• Delegating – Contact an authority figure• Delaying – Look for a time when it is more appropriate• Don’t turn a blind eye
  9. 9. How can we take action? What can we do?• In groups think about the scenarios given and how you might deal with them now.• Look at the situation!• How does it make you feel?• Why are you concerned?• What might you do about it?
  10. 10. So……..• Be aware• Your own safety is important• Do something• In an emergency call the police – anonymously if you have to.
  11. 11. Resources• Parentline 0800 028 2233• Social Work• Police• School Head Teacher or school nurse• Doctor• Community nurse• Community Worker• Can you think of any others?????

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