On Tuesday afternoon Daniel and I were at the offices of Children England in London for the latest Running Your Group LIVE online event – an introduction to child protection and safeguarding. I interviewed Kevin Garrod, the National Partnerships Manager for Safe Network – the National Third Sector Safeguarding Unit – live on www.runningyourgroup.org. The interview included basic information about where to start if you are running a local amateur group that wants to undertake some activities involving children, dispelling some of the myths about criminal records disclosures, an update on forthcoming changes to the statutory guidance and the development of a vetting and barring scheme, the growing importance of taking measures to ensure online safety and much more. Kevin urged those involved in amateur groups working with children, young people or vulnerable adults to undertake at least Level One training which you can do online (free of charge) via the Safe Network website at http://www.safenetwork.org.uk or through your Local Safeguarding Children Board (which you can find at http://www.safechild.co.uk). Our interview was webcast live as streaming video, with text chat allowing Running Your Group subscribers to put their questions directly to Kevin (many thanks to those of you who did). The video recording will be available shortly to watch in full on the Online Events page at http://www.runningyourgroup.org. In the meantime you can watch a short extract at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhJuMvfh-Cw. This was our second Running Your Group LIVE online event and we managed to get the technology working much better this time. Kevin Garrod was a great interviewee – well-informed, clear and open. He helped us to present a simple, straightforward overview of a subject that can appear confusing and daunting to many amateur groups. If you were not able to join us live on Tuesday please do watch the video recording at http://www.runningyourgroup.org.
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