The Triple C Partnership was launched on the 5th July with a workshop at Crystal Palace Football Club.
Croydon Safeguarding Boards (Children & Adult)
Crystal Palace Football Club (including the Foundation)
Formed to promote the mantra “Safeguarding Is Everybody’s Responsibility” the partnership combines the skills and training resources of the London Borough of Croydon and its Safeguarding Boards with the business links and networking opportunities of Crystal Palace Football Club, to encourage everyone in the borough to consider Safeguarding as an important tool to combat child abuse and promote the best opportunities for all children.
This initiative brings together influential partners across Croydon and demonstrates excellent partnership working to safeguard children.
The partnership has already “kicked off” with CPFC and its Foundation making a commitment to train all of its staff, stewards and players in Level 1 & Level 2 Safeguarding.
Crystal Palace FC also hosted the launch of this partnership at Selhurst Park on 5th July 2017.
The workshop was well attended by various business owners and strategic decision makers in the Croydon Business Community. The session focused on the importance of everyone understanding safeguarding and to find out how to integrate safeguarding awareness into their everyday business strategy, much the same way that Equal Opportunities and Diversity Training is currently included. The intention is to make Croydon a safer place for all children and vulnerable adults.
The workshop began with a highly emotional and thought provoking theatre piece delivered by The Chicken Shed – an inclusive theatre group.
“I thought the event was absolutely excellent, a brilliant & innovative example of strong partnership between 3 organisations that recognise the importance of safeguarding within their community. The theatre group performance was outstanding and really hit home some of the social issues that people face”
Attendees also received links to training – provided free of charge to anyone working or living in Croydon. Almost everyone who attended pledged to take up the offer of the free training.
As of end of September 225 people have registered to complete 3523 courses across a range of subjects including:
- Safeguarding training (Level 1 and 2)
- Autism Awareness
- Domestic Violence
- Mental Health
- Effective Communication with Children and Families
- Online Safety
Victoria Davis from Station Cars gave a relevant presentation, describing how her companies ethos to make Safeguarding Training mandatory was a bit of a journey, but one she has no doubt has positively impacted on the safety of the children and vulnerable people they transport.
“Station Cars are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. We recognise how important it is to work together to help make our community a safer place so much so it is now our company policy that all drivers complete the Safeguarding course. This has equipped them with tools to see indicators of abuse and neglect and given them the knowledge of what to do if they have a concern. It has been instrumental in creating awareness and helping to protect all those that we transport”.
Want to take advantage of the free training for yourself? As long as you live or work in Croydon, follow these 3 easy steps to sign up for free, on-line training:
You can follow the link to training here: https://croydon.melearning.university/course_centre
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As a result of feedback, we have added an additional course called Safeguarding (Awareness) – accessed via the same link, this course is perfect for anyone who doesnt work directly with children or vulnerable adults, but wants to know how to spot abuse and what to do about it.
We will be holding a second event soon. We are looking for businesses to come along and find out how they can support their staff to take up these really important training opportunities.
We are also looking for our Champions from the first session to come too and tell others what difference getting involved has made to their business.
Ultimately, being aware of safeguarding issues heightens everyone’s ability to spot it and stop it. More importantly, it encourages a culture where people talk to children to expose some of the taboo around safeguarding issues. This helps to make children more resilient, more likely to question inappropriate behaviour and more equipped to make the right choices for themselves.