UPDATE w/c 29th AUGUST 2016




The Children & Families Voluntary Sector Forum will be holding our next open forum meeting on Wednesday 21st September from 5.30 to 7.30pm.  The venue is Salvation Army Cafe, Ethelbert Road, Bromley (opposite Metro Bank).

Our guest speaker will be Catherine Evans,  the Community Independent Domestic Violence Advisor for Bromley. Catherine will tell us about the  issues for children and young people regarding Domestic Violence and online abuse.  We will also hear from the Salvation Army and Bromley Y about recent work they are undertaking and as usual, there will be plenty of opportunities to share your news, concerns etc with other members.

I do hope that you are able to join us.


Thank you

The Forum trustees would like to say a big thank you to  Bromley Baptist Church for their generous, vital donation to the work of the Children and Families Forum. Without this help we and many others would find it difficult to continue our work. We also take heart from the knowledge that the Church members value the investment we are making in Bromley. Thank you so much.



Meet The Buyer Event - Tuesday 6th September

This event is open to any organisation aiming to tender for and provide services commissioned by Bromley CCG. The objective of the event is to present existing and potential providers of services with an overview of the CCG’s Commissioning Intentions. We will also provide detailed information on the Bromley CCG Procurement process in order to support an organisation to get “tender ready” and outline the CCG’s key evaluation criteria and standards.

Places will be limited to two representatives per organisation and available on a first come first served basis.

Refreshments will be available on arrival from 1pm.

Please register your interest and attendance at this event by e mailing: Neil.Lynch2@nhs.net

Date: Tuesday 6 September 2016

Time: 1.30-4pm

Venue: The Warren, Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Croydon Road, Hayes, Bromley, Kent, BR2 7AL


Fundraising workshop for Bromley Groups  - Friday 9th September

Elaine Harrison, who administers the Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund, is offering a free fundraising workshop for groups based in and around Crystal Palace Park and across Bromley.

The aim of the workshop is to help support groups apply to funders, including support on applying to the Bromley Community Fund - which will be opening up for applications on 5 October.

The workshop will be held at the Visitors Centre in Crystal Palace Park, opposite the cafe near the Thicket Road entrance, on Friday 9th September from 10am-12.30pm. There will also be the opportunity to take part in an individual consultation from 12.30pm-2pm.

For more information about the workshop and to book a spot, please contact elaine.harrison@bromley.gov.uk or community.development@bromley.gov.uk.






Consultation on the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.

Please see a link to the Home Office’s/DfE’s consultation on the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.



Superhighways news

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Makaton Training - only a few spaces remaining

Following the success of our initial Makaton training session, I am pleased to announce that we will be offering further sessions in September this year.

The training will teach you basic signs and symbols together with a couple of songs.  There are lots of activities used during the session to reinforce learning of the signs. 


Wednesday 14th September or,

Wednesday 28th September


From 6.30 to 9.30pm


Community Room, Orpington Fire Station

Avalon Road, Orpington


£20 per person (members) payable in advance

If you would like to book a place please email me at cfforum@btconnect.com to request a place.  If a space is available I will send you details for payment.  If there are insufficient numbers to run a session, your payment will be returned in full.  If however, you fail to attend then we are unable to refund the £20. 

And finally, here are some of the comments from the previous session ....

This training will help me because I will be able to use Makaton to communicate with vulnerable young people with the youth centre that I work in.

I work with children all ages with different levels of need, I feel in
the dark when they are trying to communicate with me using Makaton and
had to rely on members of staff with training. It will also help with
children I see who are pre verbal and children with communication

It gave me a real sense of perspective of the young people I work with and how they learn and communicate; having key phrases will be very useful in my role and will definitely help me in communicating with the young people who often or only communicate with workers this way.



BSCB Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse - 14th September

Date: 14 September 2016                                                                                                      

Target Group 2/3/4 

Staff who are in regular contact with children and young people or have irregular but intensive contact. Staff working predominantly with children, young people and parents/carers and contribute to assessment, planning and interventions. Members of the workforce with particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking Section 47 Enquires.


Housing officers, staff in hospitals, YOT, secure settings. Police (not in specialist child protection roles), sports & leisure development officers, disability specialists, faith groups, community youth groups, play scheme volunteers.

Paediatricians, GPs, youth workers, early years staff, residential staff, midwives, school nurses, health visitors, sexual health staff, teachers, probation staff, sports welfare officers, adult workers learning disability, mental health, alcohol and drug misuse services, community play professionals from health, education, police and children’s social care; those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co coordinating assessments of children in need and children identified at risk.

This training corresponds with: Level 1 & 2 (Safeguarding Children & Young People: Roles & Competences for health Care Staff – Intercollegiate Document, March 2014)

Course Aims - Ensuring participants understand the principles behind working with domestic abuse/violence perpetrators and the role of the local domestic violence perpetrator programme as a behaviour-change programme helping perpetrators to stop being violent and abusive to  their partners and focusing increasingly on their children’s welfare and safety needs.

Learning Outcomes - By the end of the Course participants should be able to:

* Describe the principles behind approaches to working with perpetrators of domestic abuse/violence

* Describe which approaches are more and less successful in achieving sustained changes from abusive behaviour

* Intervene with multi agency professionals in a safe and non-blaming way to help perpetrators take responsibility for their behaviours by understanding the impact of abuse and violence on their children and partners.

* Help perpetrators to learn how to notice when they are becoming abusive and how to stop this and use non abusive ways of dealing with difficulties in their relationship.

* Encourage perpetrators to negotiate and listen to their partners and build respect

* Support the local Perpetrator programme and be able to describe the local CSCB procedures 

* Describe the referral pathway to alert agencies of domestic abuse and child safety /welfare concerns.

* Describe what local support services are available for the victims of domestic abuse violence

 DURATION:  1.30 – 4.30   DATE :        

TRAINER: Talking Life   VENUE:    Civic Centre

 Send booking forms to Tracy Lewis (020 8461 7799) safeguarding.training@bromley.gov.uk  


Voice website training

Setting up a website using VoiceWednesday 16th November  10.00-13.00
The aim of this 3 hour course is to set up a basic website with a logo, contact details and further information on your organisation using Voice.

For more details and to book go to Eventbrite

Developing your Voice website  (p.m.)

Wednesday 16th November  13.00-16.00

Get interactive with your users and integrate your social media with this practical session. The course will introduce advanced features of VOICE in order to increase the functionality offered by your website.

For more details and to book go to Eventbrite

For more details on all Superhighways training go to their website


Pornography and young people 

1 day course (09:30-16:30hrs) 

About this course 

Children and young people are exposed to an unprecedented range of media content on computers, mobile phones, tablets and play consoles. More and more young people report that they are learning about sex and relationships from pornography. This course aims to explore the impact and influence of pornography on young peoples’ attitude to sex, relationships, and their sexual development to enable participants to work with young people to minimise this impact. 

This course is suitable for anyone working with young people in Bromley (particularly those who are vulnerable) in youth settings including: youth workers, teachers, teaching assistants, support workers, family workers, carers and looked after children staff and carers.


By the end of this course, participants will: 


* Raised awareness of the scale of pornography and its use by young people 

* An increased knowledge of the law as it relates to pornography 

* Raised confidence in addressing issues of pornography with young people 

* Explored our own attitudes towards pornography and how this may impact on our practice 

* Raised awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) risk indicators in young people 

* An understanding of different grooming techniques 

* Raised awareness of safeguarding responsibilities and procedures 

* Increased confidence in addressing issues in relation to pornography and young people 


Dates and locations 

Wednesday 5 October 2016 at Global House 

Thursday 16 March 2017 at Global House



If you work for an organisation in Bromley you can book a place on any of our courses by sending an e-mail to the Health Improvement Service’s sexual health team at: bromh.sexualhealth@nhs.net or by calling 020 8315 8711.





Woodland Trust
Free trees for school community and youth groups.
Deadline: 9 September 2016

Help the Homeless
Small grants for projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society rather than simple offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.
Deadline(s): 15 September, 15 December 2016.

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation
Grants of between £500 and £4,000 for the development of group music making involving young people. Priorities are: projects involving young people; the project's musical aspirations; projects taking place in and out of school college or university on in community settings; the artistic leadership of the project; how the project will be planned managed and evaluated.
Deadline: 30 September 2016

Heritage Endowment Grants
Grants of £250,00, £500,000 or £1m are available to organisations who are either currently funded or have been funded in the past by the Heritage Lottery fund - this is a match funded scheme.
Deadline: 13 October 2016

Gannett Foundation Fund
The above fund gives grants to registered charities for local projects.  This year's theme is 'the needs of rural communities'.  Previously funded projects have included: Neighbourhood Improvement and Local problem-solving;  Youth Development; Care of the Elderly or Infirm, Environmental Conservation.
Deadline; 14 October 2016.

Barclays FinTech Accelerator Programme
The above is a three month intensive start up accelerator.
Deadline: 15 October 2016

Phillip Bates Trust
The trust was set up in memory to a young man who had an interest in music and english.  It aims to advance the education of young people under the age of 25 in the arts. Grants to individuals are usually £300 and to organisations £500.
Deadline: 31 December 2016.

Tesco Bags of Help
Each month an in-store vote will choose a project to be funded The funding is for projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment and/or encourage the use and long term stability of outdoor spaces.
Applications accepted any time.

Funding programme for community projects launched by London Councils (LCs)
Funding from LCs for projects which combat homelessness, and those tackling sexual and domestic violence will continue until 2021. Applications are now open with a closing date the 15th of September 2016. For full details click here

Jeans for Genes Grants
The Jeans for Genes grant programme for 2017 has been launch and will be open between 1st and 20th September 2016.  You can apply for a grant up to £5,000 for projects benefiting children/families affected by genetic disorders.  Click here for more information.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
The JRCT has agreed the current funding priorities:
Peace and Security; Power and Accountability; Rights and Justice; Sustainable Future.   Click here for the deadlines for each strand.

Trust for London
Trust for London are currently giving priority to small groups working to improve local communities.  Click here for more information.
Deadline 8 October 2016

Inter Faith Youth Grants
Small grants are available from the Inter-Faith Youth Trust for events held during inter-faith week (13-20 November 2016).   The events must be for, and planned by, young people.
Click here for more information.
Deadline: 9 September 2016