Safeguarding in Community Groups

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Welcome to the first edition of a newsletter from the Wigan Safeguarding Boards for community groups in the Wigan borough. The newsletter will be published three times a year and aims to bring you both local and national information about child and adult safeguarding and social care information that may be useful to your group. We hope you enjoy reading it and would welcome any comments or feedback.

Current Learning & Development Available

Eyes and Ears’ is an exciting training opportunity that is available free to you and any others working (paid or unpaid) in your organisation or voluntary group. Safeguarding the welfare of those we work with and preventing abuse is everybody’s business. You may come across situations that you feel concerned about. The ‘Eyes and Ears’ Safeguarding Awareness Workshop will help you identify when you may have a concern and what to do about it. If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, or arranging one for a number of people, please contact Wigan Community Partnership (see above). If you are a ‘not for profit’ group you can also have access to free eLearning. Please look at our Training Brochure: https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Docs/PDF/WSCB/WSCB-Training-and-Development-Programme.pdf
To book training or enquire about learning opportunities, please contact Wigan Community Partnership who will work with us to meet your learning requirements.
Telephone : 01942 363621
Email: [email protected]

Useful Information & Guidance for Community Groups

If your organisation works with children or young people, or with adults at-risk or in vulnerable situations it should have a safeguarding policy and procedure. https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/safeguarding
Do you know what hate crimes and hate incidents are? Citizens Advice have some clear information https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/discrimination/hate-crime/what-are-hate-incidents-and-hate-crime/
Is your group ready to respond to bullying, including cyberbullying? If you want to know more https://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/in-the-community/index.html
If you are part of a Faith Group the Social Care Institute for Excellence has explored what some of the safeguarding opportunities and challenges that you face https://www.scie.org.uk/safeguarding/faith-groups/communities#faith
Age UK have some great information and guidance around phone scams, pension scams and keeping yourself safe on your doorstep https: //www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/scams-fraud/