Talking about safeguarding in the community

Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) has recently published a report detailing the work and findings of a year-long project to support community leaders with safeguarding.

The project, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund, worked to support community leaders to increase their understanding and awareness of safeguarding. The aim was to build capacity within a number of identified communities, and enable community leaders to talk more confidently about safeguarding children / young people and vulnerable adults. The report details the multi-agency approach that was taken to the project and talks about:

  • Building the knowledge, confidence and capacity of community leaders
  • Equipping leaders will the skills to start conversations in their communities
  • Increasing access to higher level training
  • Sharing an insight into a different approach to working with communities
We believe the learning from this project is applicable to other projects in Leeds and other areas of the UK seeking to develop new ways of working with diverse communities around safeguarding rights and responsibilities. The full report can be accessed below. Any enquiries about this project should be directed to Hannah Bailey, Sector Support Manager at Voluntary Action Leeds –  

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