Safer Bexley Mark

What is it?

The Safer Bexley Mark is an accreditation of good practice in safeguarding children and young people for voluntary sector groups. It is awarded by Bexley Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) and administered by Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC). It follows the NSPCC’s Safe Network guidelines and self assessment tool. It also demonstrates to service users that the safety of children and young people is of the highest priority.

Who?

The organisations below have received, or are renewing the SBM:

Children and Young People's Services at Ellenor Lions Hospices

Little Fish Theatre Company

Bexley Moorings

Charlton Athletic Community Trust

Youth Action Diversity Trust

Howbury Tumblers

Danson Youth Trust

SNAP

Bexley Women's Aid

New Generation Church

Why?

Working towards the Mark can support you to identify gaps in voluntary groups' policy and procedures. It shows commissioners and funders that group are serious about safeguarding and in the future may be linked to local commissioning. Organisations can use the Mark and logo on publicity and to reassure families and other professionals of good practice. Registering with the Safe Network ensures organisations kept up to date with changes to national policy and new tools.

How to Get Involved

Get in touch with the Children, Youth and Families Officer (CYFPO) at BVSC who can help you get started and get through the Mark. Register with Safe Networks www.safenetwork.org.uk to complete an online self-assessment. Contact: Vikki Wilkinson: vwilkinson@bvsc.co.uk or Tel: 01322 524682.