Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) provides dedicated support for local groups working with children, young people and families in a number of ways. To find out more about these support click on the links below.
BVSC employs a Children, Young People and Policy Officer to provide dedicated and specialist support to local groups working with children, young people and families. These include advice and guidance on:
- Funding opportunities
- Partnerships & collaborations
- Information Governance
- Developing services to further meet the needs of children and young people
Support is offered through one-to-one sessions with organisations, the regular Children & Young People’s VCS Network and a regular bulletin to keep the sector up to date with relevant policy, training or funding opportunities.
The Children, Young People and Policy Officer also represents the sector on a number of forums including the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Quality and Effectiveness subgroup, the Family Nurse Partnership Advisory Board and the Children and Young Peoples Board.
The Children and Young People’s Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Network brings together organisations working with children and young people. The CYP VCS Network is a great way for local groups to meet each other and build contacts and relationships. It also provides opportunities to share knowledge and experience, obtain information and feedback about latest developments in children’s health and social care developments and discuss how to influence policy.
The network is made up of over 100 diverse voluntary and community organisations with services spanning across: positive activities, early intervention, disability, faith, BAME, youth offending, child care, emotional and mental health, arts, sports amongst others. The agenda is always packed with items of real interest to the sector including:
- Presentations from funders and commissioners
- Showcasing slots for network members to find out more about each other
- Updates from council officers on latest local policy
- Workforce development and training opportunities
- Discussions leading to collective voluntary sector views on local/national issues
- Opportunities to link up and collaborate with each other
The CYP VCS Network meetings are held throughout the year as a sub-group of BVSC’s wider Voluntary Sector Forum. Dates are notified in advance.
To join, or for further details, please contact:
Children, Young People and Policy Officer
The Bexley CYP Consortium was formed in 2014 by a group of voluntary sector organisations commissioned to provide services for children, young people and families as a direct response to changes in procurement arrangements (Link) proposed by Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Local Authority (LA).
Members of the Bexley CYP Consortium believe in the benefits of working together to deliver better outcomes for children, young people and families locally; and are committed to putting the needs and views of children, young people and families at the centre of their work.
The aim of the Consortium is to enable members to tender for contracts jointly and give commissioners access to the diverse range services available from members.
BVSC has supported the formation of the Consortium by providing administrative and policy support to the Consortium. However, the Consortium is led and controlled by its own members. Currently, members of the Consortium comprise the following organisations:
Danson Youth Trust
Ellenor Lions chYps
Greater London South East Scouts
Bexley Women’s Aid
Carers Support (Bexley)
Charlton Athletic Community Trust
Mind in Bexley
Crossroads Care South East London
Smiley Ark Kids
The Consortium welcomes new members from a wide range of voluntary and community organisations working with children, young people and families in Bexley.
BVSC is also available to offer support to other consortiums or organisations throughout commissioning processes.
To become a member or discuss the support BVSC can offer to your organisation, email: email@example.com
This chart illustrates the many services for children commissioned by the Council and CCG:
Source: NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group and London Borough of Bexley PQQ for Integrated Children and Young People’s Services, 2014
The following plans, strategies and policy documents provide the framework for children and young people’s services in Bexley.
- Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (Link)
- Thriving Families and Early Help Strategy (Link)
- Children and Young Peoples Plan (Link)
- The Safer Bexley Mark self-assessment (link)
- The Safer Network standards and sample safeguarding policies (link)
- LBB documents (thriving families, referrals) (links)
- LSCB guides (links)
It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure children are protected. The Bexley Safeguarding Childrens Board (BSCB) is the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how each organisation in Bexley will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the locality and for ensuring the effectiveness of what they do. Representation for the voluntary sector on the BSCB is provided by BVSC and updates are provided via the website and bulletins.
See more at: www.bexleylscb.org.uk
BVSC takes safeguarding children seriously and works in partnership with the Bexley Safeguarding Children Board to offer support to local groups to become compliant with national and local safeguarding policies and procedures.
All groups commissioned to provide services locally are required by the BSCB to be compliant with the Safer Bexley Mark (SBM)
The Safer Bexley Mark is a unique locally agreed accreditation Mark based on standards set by the Safe Network for the voluntary sector.
The standards aim to set a minimum level of practice consistent with operating a safe organisation and to ensure that work undertaken by VCS organisations with children and young people up to 18 years old:
- Take appropriate responsibility for protecting children from abuse
- Minimise as far as reasonably possible the risk that children will suffer serious accidental injury
- Are enjoyable, adventurous and rewarding
- Comply with legislation
The assessment process for the SBM includes the completion of a self-assessment form developed by the NSPCC/Children England Safe Network and an audit/verification of relevant policies and procedures undertaken by the BVSC Children and Young People’s Officer
See, Sample Policies & Resources
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The LADO works within the Council’s Children's Services and provides advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations that have concerns about a person working or volunteering with children and young people who may have behaved inappropriately or if information has been received that may constitute an allegation.
See more at: www.bexleylscb.org.uk
Call 0203 045 3256 or email LADO@bexley.gov.uk. Alternatively please contact the Safeguarding Children's Team on 0203 045 3260
The partnership meets on a quarterly basis (with a bi-monthly executive group) and exists to agree on joint strategic priorities in order to improve outcomes for children and young people in Bexley, through partnership working. It consists of the following:
- London Borough of Bexley (the Local Authority)
- Clinical Commissioning Group
- Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust)
- Local Safeguarding Children Board,
- Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Further Education
- Voluntary sector (through the Voluntary Forum).
Feedback is published on the bulletin and the BVSC website. The voluntary sector representatives feedback any significant issues from the partnership to the voluntary sector via the Children & Young People’s VCS Network.
Children England provides a wide range of support, including training and other resource material to voluntary and community sector organisations working with children, young people and families.
4Children practical information, advice and support to parents, employers, local authorities and the children’s and youth services workforce through our Information Helpline, publications, website and national conferences and events.
CCG/LA Integrated Commissioning
Surrounding Voluntary Actions