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Useful Links & Resources

Useful Links - Click on the name of the organisation and you will go straight to their website.

 Action for Children logo


Action for Children

- a national charity that provides services for children, young people and families, as well as carrying out research on child abuse and neglect.



 Barnardos logo


- every child has the right to grow up in a safe, secure and loving home. Vulnerable children need your help.





- is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.


 childline ChildLine

- free confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK. You can call them on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem. They have counsellors who are always there to help you sort it out.


 Coram logo

Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) has launched a new website which offers up to date, easy to access, navigate and understand legal content for those supporting some of the most vulnerable children in society


 Dfe logo Department for Education (DfE)

- UK government department with responsibility for infant, primary and secondary education.


 DBS logo Disclosure and Barring Service

- The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.


 i-HOP logo i-HOP: Supporting Children and Families of Offenders

- is commissioned by the Department for Education, responds to the need for professionals to have access to services, resources and strategies to support these often vulnerable children and families. Developed and delivered by Barnardo's and POPS (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group), i-HOP, provides a national one-stop information and advice service for all professionals working with children and families of offenders.



- runs a wide range of services across the UK for both children and adults, including national helplines and local projects;help for children & young people via ChildLine (0800 1111) and help for adults concerned about a child help and advice (0808 800 5000).


 PACE logo PACE - Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation

Pace works alongside parents and carers of children who are – or are at risk of being – sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. We offer guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family.

Offers a free online package for parents launched in partnership with Virtual College equips parents to recognise the signs and act.


Young Parents adviceYoung Parents Advice

Family Rights Group has launched a website for young parents whose children are involved with children’s services whether as children in need, deemed at risk, in care or adopted. The website includes information and tips to help young parents: understand their rights and options; seek the support they need for their children; get ready for meetings with their child’s social worker; know what to expect if care proceedings begin. Includes also: tailored information for young fathers, young parents who are themselves care leavers, and young parents experiencing domestic violence.

Date: 30 March 2017


May 2017 newsletter

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Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here 


Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

‘The More You Know, The More You See’ – Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

Date: Thursday 28th September 2017

Venue: The Rufus Centre, Flitwick

Time: 9:30 – 4:30 (Registration 9:00 – 9:30)

For more details please click here