Digital Parenting Magazine

Digital Parenting Magazine- edition 6

Vodaphone have released order details of the 6th issue of their digital parenting magazine. Schools and other settings are being encouraged to order copies of this publication and distribute them to parents and carers to encourage them to think about online safety and in turn increase the safety of children and young people online; It covers everything from helping a child find privacy settings on social media apps, body image and screen time, to tips on building digital resilience.


To order copies, please use this link:

previous copies of the magazine can be accessed at:


URGENT- Big Lottery Youth Investment Fund for Dudley VCO’s

Eligibility criteria
We will only fund applications from VCSE youth organisations and VCSE led partnerships
that provide frontline, open access youth services that can demonstrate:
 You/your partners have the commitment, capacity and resources to manage an
investment of this scale, (Total grant £150,000 – £750,000).
 That a significant proportion of you/your partner’s beneficiaries are young people.
We consider young people to be those who are 10 – 18 years old (10 – 25 years with
a disability or special educational needs). All of your youth beneficiaries should be
located in the targeted areas.
 You/your partners have an evidenced track record in delivering frontline services
with and for young people.
 You/your partners are based in or be able to demonstrate strong links to the
community you intend to support.
 You have at least three unrelated people on the organisation’s governing body.
We anticipate making the first grant payment around May 2018, and for the final grant
monitoring to be provided no later than 31 March 2021. As such you need to be confident
you can meet these deadlines and start some of your funded activity immediately after
receiving your first payment.

Do you meet the Criteria set out above? if so click the following link to the full guidance documents to see how to apply

To access an application form you will need to speak with a member of our local or
central team by attending one of the local Youth Investment Fund drop in sessions.
The dates and locations for these sessions are:
West Midlands:
13th September – 9.30 – 12.30
Chapelhouse Community Centre, 100 Chapelhouse Road, Solihull, B37 5HA
14th September – 10.30 – 13.00
One Walsall, Jerome Chambers, 16-16a Bridge St, Walsall, WS1 1HP
15 September – 10.30 – 13.00
Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8EX

Graded Care Profile Training

Neglect remains the most common form of child maltreatment in England and is an important area of focus for DSCB activity during 2016-18.  As part of this focus DCSB has adopted the GCP2 assessment and is offering a one day training programme to enable practitioners to use effectively use the tool.

The GCP2 is a practical tool which supports practitioners in measuring the quality of care delivered to an individual child from an individual carer or carers over a short window of time, and is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care. The grades are based on observations and good quality evidence gathered during this window. All practitioners using the GCP2 must have attended and passed this licensed training programme.

By the end of the training delegates will:

  1. Understand what neglect is, its impact and why it’s difficult to assess
  2. Understand how GCP2 will help in neglect assessment and case management
  3. Be able to use the GCP2 tool and understand its theoretical underpinning
  4. Analyse a completed assessment
  5. Undertake GCP2 assessments for Dudley

For practitioners who will be undertaking the GCP2 assessment additional training dates have now been allocated. These are listed on the DSCB website: are also available for the shorter briefing sessions on 12th September which are aimed at practitioners and managers who do not undertake assessments but who need to be aware of the GCP2 tool.

To  reserve a place on the briefings or the full day training please complete the application form below and return this to