Wiltshire Children and Families Voluntary Sector Forum

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Community Engagement Managers are important partners for the voluntary and community organisations. Working across Wiltshire their role is about creating more welcoming and inclusive communities by supporting & enabling groups and individuals with:

  • Grant & Funding Applications
  • Developing Local Projects
  • Area Boards
  • Local Events, News, Publicity
  • Consultation, Engagement & Inclusion
  • Enhancing Local Service Delivery
  • Resolving Community issues
  • Support, Advice & Signposting

Information about Area Boards and your Local Community Engagement Managers can be found here: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council/areaboards.htm

It is vital to provide the right help early on to ensure our children and young people have the best chance of achieving good outcomes. For this to happen we need truly collaborative working across services, teams and thresholds.

Almost every community area in Wiltshire has a locally owned and managed MAF. This is very important as localised ownership is the glue that keeps MAFs focussed on local needs and locally supported partnership working which, in turn, makes the MAF more meaningful and useful for local staff. The quality of support available at MAFs is exceptionally high and helps direct professionals to the most appropriate support for the child or young person – so less time is spent navigating services and, most importantly, the child or young person is helped earlier.

Multi-Agency Forums (MAFs) are a highly valuable mechanism for enabling partnership working as they provide an opportunity for:

  • discussing anonymised CAF cases for peer advice and guidance (unless it is clear that parents and the young person have given permission for their details to be shared with a range of professionals).
  • hearing about local service updates and changes.
  • learning about effective interventions.
  • focusing attention on key issues specific to your locality.
  • effective peer support and networking.

New dates and contact details for the MAFs running are available on the main menu of http://www.wiltshirepathways.org.uk/ (these are updated regularly so please always check for the latest details).

Welcome to the  Wiltshire Children and Families Voluntary Sector Forum Directory of Member Services. I am pleased to be able to bring together up-dated information gained from our members. This will be most valuable to our members, partners, individuals and organisations across Wiltshire. It is hoped that from this directory individuals and organisations will be able to:

  • Find essential contact details for other organisations easily
  • Understand the work of members clearly
  • Signpost children and families to organisations who can provide support and services
  • See potential opportunities to work in partnership with others

Thank you to all the members who have contributed to the directory.

The current 2016 Directory will be available shortly, please refer to our pdf2015 Directory in the mean time. Sorry for any inconvenience

 

Children and Families Voluntary Sector Forum

Bi-monthly Forum meetings take place where agencies are able to share information and update themselves on any new policies and procedures relating to working with children, young people and their families.  The Forum has an active role in promoting the voice and influence of voluntary sector organisations.  Members attend groups held by the Families and Children Transformation Project and Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board.

There are many benefits of being a member of the Forum such as timely and relevant information shared from the Local Authority, forming working partnerships with other agencies, networking events, bi-monthly meetings, regular newsletters and training opportunities (often free).

Here is a copy of the CFVSF Annual Report 2015-2017

For more information about the Forum, or about the Local Authority groups and the representatives, please contact: chair@cfvsf.org

Governance of the Children and Families Voluntary Sector Forum 

The running of the forum is organised by an Executive Committee which is made up of representatives elected by the forum members. The role of the Executive group and the continuance of the people performing those roles is reviewed bi-annually.  The Chair and Administrator are also appointed by the Executive Committee. 

Privacy Policy

Exec Meeting Dates 2018

13th March 2018

1 May 2018

26 June 2018

21 August 2018

13 November 2018

Governance Executive Committee Members

 

Associate Safeguarding Training Advisor

We are pleased to introduce Tony Griffin who will be supporting the forum with our safeguarding training programme.

 Tony Griffin is a retired Wiltshire police officer of 31 years experience.  He spent 20 years investigating child abuse and neglect, before managing the Child Abuse Investigation Team in Salisbury for five years.  He is also qualified to teach adults and went on to lead, develop and deliver the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Training Programme for Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB).

Tony has now launched his own independent training programme for all early years, school and voluntary workers in Wiltshire.  He can provide CPD accredited courses.  His one-day courses include: Foundation Level Child Protection, Advanced level Child Protection and a Child Sexual Exploitation course.  He can also provide a half-day Sexualised Behaviours Course and a half day awareness raising course.

The Forum will be inviting members to indicate their training needs in the early part of next year and we will be arranging courses to meet members’ requirements.  Organisations can also contact Tony directly to arrange bespoke training courses/training for all of their staff if they wish.  More details can be found here.

 

 

Forum meetings are at the Scout HQ Potterne Wick, SN10 5QT - click for directions
Forum Meeting Dates
2018  
09 January 2018  
29 March 2018  
15 May 2018  
10 July 2018 - CANCELLED  
04 September 2018  
27 November 2018  
Meetings are 9:30 - 12:30 please contact chair@cfvsf.org for agenda.