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May 2017 Newsletter from the Safegaurding Children Initiative

Thursday, May 18, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: children, newsletter, violence, safety

Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Safeguarding Children Initiative.

In this issue:

  • The results from our survey of more than 400 organisations on child protection policy development.
  • Find out how we are working on a one to one basis in the Top of the South and nationally.
  • News and views from us and around the sector.

Child Protection Policy Survey Results

A big thank you to everyone – all 420 of you - who participated in our survey in December about child protection policies.

The key findings of the survey are:

  • Awareness of the Vulnerable Children’s Act and the need for child protection policies is generally high, but lower on new requirements for local authorities and organisations they fund.
  • Around a fifth or organisations did not have a child protection policy.
  • Most organisations review their policy annually, but not often after an incident.
  • A third had to conduct extensive research across many different sources to prepare their policy.
  • Many organisations don’t have their policy on their website, and are not consistently showing the policy to new staff.

What the survey participants like you want

Overwhelmingly you said you need templates and a central website to guide you through developing your child protection policy.

You also want one to one assistance such as consultation, training, and collaboration with similar organisations.

What happens now

We discussed the results with the Children’s Action Plan team. Unfortunately the work to better support for providers on child protection policies is on hold while the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children gets up to speed. When we have more news we’ll let you know.

SCI is considering what we can do to better support organisations to develop their child protection policy in the interim.

What you think about SCI

We included some questions about what you thought about us in the survey. The key findings were:

  • Most of you had a good understanding of what we do, although perhaps not all our services.
  • More than 40 per cent of you wrongly thought we received funding from central and local government. We do not. We are a registered charity reliant on donations and community grants.
  • Of those who had attended a seminar or taken our eLearning, 90 per cent of you agreed that the training helped you to recognise signs of potential abuse and neglect and to know what to do about it.

What SCI can do better

We’re looking at improving in these areas, based on your feedback:

  • Raise awareness of what we do and potentially expand our geographical reach.
  • Improve our technology, for example accessing our eLearning and our website design.
  • Provide more advanced training packages.

Community Development

We’re seeing some great results working with smaller local organisations one to one to enhance their child protection practice. In the past year we’ve supported 15 organisations in the Top of the South including schools, and health, education and outdoor education providers.

We survey staff to find out what assistance they need to support vulnerable children and respond to concerns of abuse and neglect, and review or help create a child protection policy and procedures.

Once the policy has been completed, staff are trained and we support the organisation to embed their policy in every day custom and practice.

Finally we review staff again over time to measure results.

In all organisations staff reported more confidence and skill in handling child protection concerns with some seeing this increase by more than 40 per cent.

A staff member at one organisation told us: ‘I have had a student disclosure since the workshop. I knew how to handle it and what to do with the information. It helped me know how to best support the student during the disclosure and I was then able to describe to them what steps I would take next.’

This work has been led by our Child Protection Consultant Louise Petzold and general manager Willow Duffy.

We’re looking to work with more organisations in the Top of the South in the coming months. Contact Louise by email if you’re interested (louise[at]


SCI works with large organisations to improve their child protection focus, from reviewing a child protection policy to training staff or presenting at conferences.

General Manager and Child Protection Consultant Willow Duffy has been working with a large primary healthcare provider to provide bespoke eLearning for thousands of their staff. We’re also working with Sports Manawatu, an organisation like many that relies on volunteers that presents its own challenge in terms of child protection.

Contact Willow if you’re a large organisation or outside the Top of the South and are interested in working with us (willow[at]

News and Views

Advocate steps down

Leading child protection advocate Anthea Simcock has stepped down as chief executive at Child Matters after more than 20 years fighting for the rights of vulnerable children. Mrs Simcock will remain on the Board of Child Matters. Former Child Matters general manager Jane Searle has taken over as chief executive.

Find out more about the personnel changes at Child Matters.

SCI wins NZ Charities Technology Award

SCI won a ‘connecting communities’ award at the New Zealand Charities Technology Awards 2017 for our eLearning! We’re delighted that the judges recognised the importance of free, online learning for everyone in New Zealand when so many of the children’s workforce can’t access child protection training. Spread the word and share our eLearning.

Safeguarding Children Initiative's eLearning is being accessed by people all over New Zealand.

Helping children get an equal start

Nelson Marlborough Chief Medical Officer and paediatrician Dr Nick Baker talked to the Nelson Mail about helping children get an equal start in life and his involvement with SCI and child protection.

Read the interview with Dr Nick Baker (Nelson Mail).

A child advocate in every refuge

Women’s Refuge New Zealand are running a Kids in the Middle campaign to raise funds to put a child advocate in every refuge.

Help Women's Refuge provide a child advocate in every refuge in New Zealand.

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Nelson 7010
New Zealand

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