Safeguarding Training

Acorn Early Years Nursery are hosting a number of safeguarding courses delivered by expert Tammie Redman.

Basic Safeguarding Children Course

  • Wednesday 13th Feb 2019 (9:30am-12:30pm)
  • Wednesday 3rd Apr 2019 (9:30am-12:30pm)
  • Tuesday 14th May 2019 (6:30-9pm)
  • Wednesday 5th June 2019 (9:30am-12:30pm)
  • Monday  8th July 2019 (6:30-9pm)

Cost £30

To provide a basic introduction to safeguarding and child protection, covering the requirements for all staff who work with children on a frequent or infrequent basis.

Safer Recruitment

  • Tuesday 14th Mar 2019 (9:30am – 5pm)
  • Tuesday 30th Apr 2019 (9:30am – 5pm)
  • Wednesday & Thursday 8-9 May 2019 (6:00-9:30pm)
  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019 (9:30am – 5pm)

Cost £60

This accredited course is endorsed by the Safer Recruitment Consortium. There should be at least one person on a recruitment panel who has undertaken this course.

Understanding Appropriate Sexual Behaviour

  • Thursday 6 June 2019 (6:30pm – 9:00pm)

Cost £30

This workshop will equip practitioners with the skills to use the Brook ‘traffic light’ identification system. Participants will be able to: identify normal sexual behaviour, identify concerning behaviour & use the traffic light system of identification and appropriate responses.

Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Tuesday 12 Feb 2019 (9:30am-3:30pm) FULL
  • Tuesday 7th May 2019 (9:30am-3:30pm)
  • Wednesday 10 July 2019 (9:30am-3:30pm)
  • Monday & Tuesday 15-16 July 2019 (6:30-9pm)
  • Cost £45
  • To ensure that designated leads understand their safeguarding responsibilities in relation to the organisation and their colleagues

Designated Safeguarding Lead Update

    • Friday 15 Feb 2019 (9:30am-12:30pm)
    • Tuesday 12 Mar 2019 (6:30pm-9:00pm)
    • Wednesday 3rd Apr 2019 (6:30pm-9:00pm)
    • Wednesday 24th Apr 2019 (9:30am-12:30pm)
    • Tuesday 7th May 2019 (6:30pm-9:00pm)
    • Wednesday 5th June 2019 (1:30-4:30pm)

Cost £30

To ensure that designated leads have been updated on all changes to safeguarding requirements and that their knowledge is refreshed annually.

Working Together to Safeguard Children

  • Tuesday & Wednesday 26-27 Mar 2019 (6:30pm – 9:00pm) – two evenings
  • Thursday 2nd May 2019 (9:30am – 3:30pm) – one day
  • Thursday 4th July 2019 (9:30am – 3:30pm) – one day

Cost £45

This course is designed to meet the ‘Working Together’ guidance of ‘training that equips people to work effectively with those from other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’.

Working with Difficult to Engage Parents

  • Wednesday 6th Feb 2019 (6:30pm – 9:30pm)

Cost £30

To support practitioners to gain confidence in how to engage with parents who are reluctant to engage and challenge appropriately.

Safeguarding: FGM Awareness

  • Thursday 7th Feb 2019 (6:30-8:30pm)
  • Tuesday 23rd Apr 2019 (6:30-8:30pm)
  • Thursday 6th June 2019 (10am-12pm)

Cost £30

To increase practitioners knowledge around FGM and  reinforce professionals’ safeguarding responsibilities in FGM cases.

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness

  • Tuesday 5 Mar 2019 (6:30-8:30pm)
  • Tuesday 30th Apr 2019 (6:30-8:30pm)
  • Tuesday 11th June 2019 (6:30-8:30pm)

Cost £30

To ensure participants understand child sexual exploitation, who is most at risk and how to support them.

Belief in Spirit Possession

  • Wednesday 6 Mar 2019 (6:30pm – 9:00pm)

Cost £30

To ensure participants understand who is most at risk, identify the risks and how to support children.

Honour Based Violence

    • Wednesday 13 Mar 2019 (9:30am – 3:30pm)

Cost £45

To ensure participants gain knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of honour-based violence (HBV) and equip them with the skills to support clients effectively.

Domestic Abuse and DASH Risk Assessment

  • Tuesday 2 Apr 2019 (9:30am – 3:30pm) – all day

Cost £45

Increase and consolidate practitioners knowledge and understanding of the impact of domestic abuse, including a greater understanding of the problems facing people suffering domestic abuse and the impact on children.

Understand the leave/stay problem and explore Domestic Abuse Stalking & Harassment (DASH) Risk Assessment Tool including Safety Planning.

All courses can also be brought to your setting to be delivered in house, a 1/2 day course can work out at roughly £15 per head for 20 people and a full day course can work out at £30 per head.

Please email me directly for the cost of these and minimum/maximum numbers.

Tammie Redman

tammieredmansafeguarding@sky.com

www.tammieredmansafeguarding.com

 

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Building Better Opportunities: Community Connections Advisor (Maternity cover)

Career opportunities with the Pre-school Learning Alliance

The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest early years membership organisation and voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England. An educational charity, the Alliance represents the interests of over 14,000 member settings who deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.

The opportunity Building Better Opportunities: Community Connections Advisor (Maternity Cover) Location: Milton Keynes Department: Development Services Salary Details: £12,142 per annum fixed term contract Building Better Opportunities Enterprising People is a project funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund to provide support for unemployed or economically inactive individuals to overcome barriers to employment. The focus will be on those people who are out of work, furthest from the labour market and people who are most at risk of social exclusion.

We are looking to recruit a Building Better Opportunities Community Connections Advisor to cover maternity leave, whose main duties will include:

  • To work to identify defined target groups of participants and network with the agencies that support them in order to meet their needs.
  • To assess the needs of individuals in order to support a plan for them to receive “the right support at the right time”
  • To give advice on job search opportunities, access to local childcare and sign post to other agencies and partners.
  • To support individuals explore Self Employment opportunities.

Key Requirements:

  • Experience in development work with adults, especially in community settings.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to engage positively and negotiate with professionals from a range of backgrounds in order to access appropriate support including appropriate communication skills.
  • Ability to travel throughout the Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire areas as required.

Benefits 25 days annual leave plus 8 Bank Holidays, pro rata for part time employees Employer and employee contribution pension scheme Regular access to internal and external learning and development opportunities The Alliance operates a Team Recognition Scheme to recognise the outstanding work of the staff across the Charity Can save up to 40% on 02 Refresh Airtime Plan if getting a new phone or tablet on 02.

Closing date: Friday 15 February 2019 Interview date: Monday 25 February 2019

To apply for this role or to find out about working for the Alliance and other roles currently available, please go to: http://www.careers.pre-school.org.uk/vacancies/vacancy-search-results.aspx

The Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and equal opportunities in employment.

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector – Project Coordinator for NESS project

Job Opportunity – Project Coordinator for NESS project

28 hours per week, salary £18,200 (£12.50ph) plus pension

snvb, a charity based in Towcester, manages the Brackley and Towcester Volunteer Centres as well as a number of front-line, support projects.

We are seeking a Project Coordinator to lead our involvement with the Northamptonshire Energy Saving Service (NESS): an exciting new three-year project working to alleviate fuel poverty for households across the county. The project is a close partnership with Care & Repair (Northamptonshire), Corby & Kettering Citizens Advice and the Community Law Service (CLS) with funding from The Warm Homes Fund.

The role will be undertaken through a community-based outreach approach, breaking down any potential barriers to support services, encouraging householders to take up tariff reviews and switching and signposting them to NESS partners including CLS, Care and Repair and Citizens Advice Corby and Kettering.

This is a part-time position reporting directly to the CEO. Working occasional evening hours and/or Saturday or Sunday may be necessary. A pension contribution of up to 5% is available matching the employee contribution.

The Application Form (no CVs) and further details can be downloaded using the links below or write to Rob Tracey CEO SNVB, Volunteer Centre, 4 Whittons Lane, Towcester, NN12 6YZ.

The closing date is 22nd February 2019

https://www.snvb.org.uk/news/job-opportunity-project-coordinator-for-ness-project/

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Growth and Development Officer, The Scouts

Growth Development Officer-South

The purpose of the job is to support, instigate and deliver focussed growth projects and plans across the Region as agreed by the Area Growth and Development Manager and to provide high quality and proactive support to prepare key line managers (specifically District and County Commissioners) to undertake their roles effectively throughout their term of appointment.

Term: Permanent

Salary: £27,500 per annum, Band E, Level 3

Hours: 35 hours per week

Location: Home based

Holiday Entitlement: 25 days pro rata per year plus bank holidays.

Applicants are advised to read the full Job Description by clicking here before applying.

To apply:

Before making an application please ensure that you have read the Recruitment and Selection policy.

Please complete the below Smartsheet:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/6a86ccc1bd23422c8bd51b549dca9295

Closing date: 12pm on Monday 4th February 2019.

Source: https://scouts.org.uk/about-us/jobs/growth-development-officer-south/

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Various Opportunities at Citizens Advice

Administrative Assistant – Reception
Citizens Advice Milton Keynes
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Do you like to make a good first impression? At the Citizens Advice Milton Keynes We recognise that our clients might have a lot on their mind and the last thing they need is to feel uncomfortable when they visit the office.
Analyst Volunteer
Citizens Advice Milton Keynes
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The focus of this role will be to assist the management team to develop and apply innovative analytical approaches to monitoring the performance of their services and help with drafting reports that illustrate how they perform.
Face to Face Assessors
Citizens Advice Milton Keynes
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Can you cut to the chase? Are you good at getting to the point? Face to Face Assessors prioritise and assess the level of advice and information that the clients may need.
General Advisors
Citizens Advice Milton Keynes
Details and Contact
Being a General Adviser with the Citizens Advice Milton Keynes is an incredibly varied role.
Money Advice Volunteers
Citizens Advice Milton Keynes
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As a Money Advice Volunteer you will volunteer within a team of approximately 100 staff and volunteers to provide help, support, assistance and advice to clients with issues.
Social Policy Researcher
Citizens Advice Milton Keynes
Details and Contact
Citizens Advice Milton Keynes are looking for enthusiastic and motivated people who are committed to fighting discrimination and injustice. As one of the Research and Campaigns Volunteers you’ll help them campaign on local and national issues. You should be able to work as part of a team and to feel comfortable in researching topics and writing reports on your own.
Telephone Assessors
Citizens Advice Milton Keynes
Details and Contact
Can you cut to the chase? Are you good at getting to the point? Telephone Assessors are the first point of contact for clients accessing the telephone service. You will deal with a wide range of clients problems and issues.

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: MK Play Association, Play Co-ordinator

Play Co-ordinator (Part-time)

We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and energetic individual to join our team within a play services capacity.

Milton Keynes Play Association is one of the oldest charities in Milton Keynes having started in 1971. There are three core services that we offer; play, training, and the provision of resources. These three together allow MKPA to encourage the development of individuals and organisations through play in the local community. We also offer a wide range of activities and courses as well as stage fun and exciting events across the region.

During the summer we deliver many open-access play sessions across Milton Keynes as well as other sessions during the year. We are looking for an individual who has a focus on care and quality, can lead teams and loves enabling child-lead play.

Job Title: Play Co-ordinator

Hours of work: 20 hours per week, flexible hours, for most of the year with the requirement for full-time during and in the lead up to the summer holidays. (May include some evening and weekend work).

Location: Milton Keynes and Surrounding areas

Duties and Key Responsibilities:

Deliver high quality play opportunities in safe environments, ensuring the effective operation of each session, as set out in our policies and procedures.

Identify safe play spaces for our sessions and resources so children can play independently.

Co-ordinate teams of playworkers to support children’s needs by either joining in or supervising in an unobtrusive manner.

Engage and maintain excellent relationships with schools, parishes and others to deliver commissioned play sessions (including meetings and the facilitation of external play sessions).

Promote open access play sessions and other play services.

Qualifications and Experience:

NVQ Diploma Level 3 or equivalent in Playwork or Playwork experience in the last 2 years (desirable).

Experience in managing teams and rotas.

Excellent managerial and organisational skills.

Recent experience in using Excel, Word and report writing.

Full UK driving license.

The ability to identify and remain focussed on priorities.

Good customer service and interpersonal skills are essential.

Experience of grant/funding applications (desirable).

A first class communicator at all levels.

Knowledge of digital marketing (desirable).

Be able to fulfil the role including all of its physical requirements (this will be a hands on role)

Understanding equal opportunities.

Benefits:

Attractive remuneration package.

Encouragement and support for training and personal development.

A pivotal role in a great team that makes a difference to children, families and the wider community.

Salary indicator:

£10 – £12 per hour dependant on qualifications and experience.

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people we serve. As such this post is subject to necessary safeguarding checks including an Enhanced DBS.

MKPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MKPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

We look forward to receiving your application.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to admin@mkpa.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st February 2019

Interviews to be held: Wednesday 6th February 2019

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: MK Play Association, Scrapstore, Retail and Marketing Lead

Scrapstore, Retail and Marketing Lead (Part time)

We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and energetic individual able to work under own initiative to take responsibility for our existing retail operation, the Resource Unit and Scrapstore, with the opportunity to grow and develop it.

Milton Keynes Play Association is one of the oldest charities in Milton Keynes having started in 1971. There are three core services that we offer; play, training, and the provision of resources. These three together allow MKPA to encourage the development of individuals and organisations through play in the local community. We also offer a wide range of activities and courses as well as stage fun and exciting events across the region.

Job Title: Scrapstore, Retail and Marketing Lead

Hours of work: Starting at 20 hours per week with potential to increase, dependent on results. Mostly office based.

Location: Milton Keynes and surrounding areas

Duties and Key Responsibilities:

Co-ordinate resource unit and staff on a day to day basis, ensuring the effective operation of the Scrapstore and Resource Unit set out in our policies and procedures.

Responsible for stock ordering and supplier negotiation.

Actively develop new sources of materials to be donated.

Report to Board on progress at regular intervals.

General digital marketing duties to promote the Resource Unit and Scrapstore.

Qualifications and Experience:

Ideally you will have the following qualifications, training and experience:

First class communicator at all levels.

Recent retail experience.

Be able to fulfil the role including all of its physical requirements (this will be a very hands on role).

Be confident in using IT packages – Word, Excel (Sage desirable)

Relationship management, forming and maintaining links with the customers, business community and donors.

To identify and remain focussed on priorities.

Experience using results of data analysis to implement improvements to the retail operation.

Understand the ethos behind reusing/repurposing scrap materials as well as how it can be used for play (desirable).

Full UK driving license.

Benefits:

Attractive remuneration package.

Encouragement and support for training and personal development.

A pivotal role in a great team that makes a difference to children, families and the wider community.

Salary indicator:

£10 – £12 per hour dependant on qualifications and experience.

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people we serve. As such, this post is subject to necessary safeguarding checks including an Enhanced DBS.

MKPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MKPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

We look forward to receiving your application!

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to admin@mkpa.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st February 2019

Interviews to be held: Wednesday 6th February 2019

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