Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VSCE)
The VCSE sector has a vital role to play in the work of the Safeguarding Adults Board. Community based organisations including Faith-based activities and Voluntary agencies, are often the first point of contact for local families and adults needing help and support. The VCSE sector, therefore, is extremely well-placed to make early assessments of need, make early interventions and undertake preventative work. These organisations also will have an advocacy role, enabling and supporting families and adults to access and understand statutory services.
If you work with adults at risk of abuse in a local community group or organisation you need to make sure that you have the following things in place for staff and volunteers:
DBS (formerly CRB) checks.
Appropriate policies and procedures.
Registered Charities need to have a designated safeguarding trustee.
Community Action Suffolk (CAS) is the infrastructure organisation in Suffolk working with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations, to enable them to operate more effectively.
Full details of the range of services can be found on the CAS website www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk
Community Action Suffolk has wide ranging knowledge and experience of delivering safeguarding support, guidance and training to the sector.
Specific safeguarding services CAS offer to its members (membership is FREE) include:
Reviewing and providing guidance on effective safeguarding policies and procedures
Providing support to organisations and listening and responding to their concerns
CAS Safeguarding Quality Standards
A range of safeguarding training courses and workshops including bespoke courses run at times and venues to meet members needs; for more info www.castraining.org.uk
CAS also provides a voice for VCSE organisations and represent their interests to the public sector and other stakeholders through specialist networks; the Suffolk VCSE Safeguarding Network meeting has an inaugural meeting in October 2017.
Jacqui Wilkinson, CAS’s Training Quality Standards and Safeguarding Development Officer, attends the SAB Training and Development Subgroup and the Policy and Practice Standards Subgroup. This ensures that the sector not only has a voice but that relevant information gathered at these meetings can be shared through CAS newsletters and networks. Community Action Suffolk also works closely with the SAB Manager as they Chair of the Community Action Suffolk Quality Standards Panel.
Full details of the range of services CAS provide can be found on their website: www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk