Staff or Volunteer of a Dudley VCO? You are invited

Dudley Children Young People and Families Network Meeting

Friday 1st March 2019

9.30 – 11.30

DY1, Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 1RT

Dudley CYPF Network is open to any staff member or volunteer that is involved in a voluntary, community or faith sector organisation which exists to support children, young people and families in Dudley Borough

We look forward to welcoming new and existing members to the next network event where members have asked for time to meet, get to know each other and explore opportunities to share, learn, collaborate and work together on existing agendas and exciting new plans.

The next round of the Dudley Innovation Fund opens on the 12th March 2019 so this meeting will be a great opportunity for any of you interested in submitting joint bids to find new contacts.

We would like to challenge each and every member to bring along a colleague or friend from another organisation who has not attended before!

As always a warm welcome and lots of great, inspirational people await you

Booking is not essential however an email to to let us know you are coming helps with planning

PCC Victims Fund

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson is encouraging organisations across the West Midlands to submit applications to his ‘Victims Fund’, which helps pay for support services for people traumatised by criminal activity.

Individual funding of up to £20,000 is available for each voluntary or community organisation that helps support victims to cope and recover from their experiences. Groups can apply on their own or they can join together and form a partnership.

The Victims Fund will open on 1st February 2019 and will be taking application from agencies through to 18th March 2019

Please follow this link for further information and details on how to apply;


Kind Regards,

Dudley CVS is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative individual to join our existing team

Youth and Community Development Officer (37hrs p.w)

SCP9 £20,344 – SCP19 £24,799 dependent on experience

Are you a creative thinker and doer? Do you have an ability to communicate effectively and support others to influence change? Are you passionate about the work that voluntary organisations and charities do to enhance the lives of children young people and their families? We are looking for an experienced individual who is comfortable with ambiguity and able to thrive in a fluid environment to support youth involving organisations and statutory partners to deliver a vibrant range of universal and Early Help services and activities across the borough to best meet the needs of our youth and their families.

Duration of posts:

Youth and Community Development Officer 13/14 months end date 31st March 2020

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 8th February 2019

Interview date: Week commencing 11th February 2019


For application forms and job descriptions, please contact

Dudley CVS, 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE.

Tel: 01384 573381. Email:

or download an application pack from


Dudley CVS is an equal opportunities employer


Registered Charity No: 517766 Incorporated under the 1985 Companies Act No.19985105.

Dudley Serious Case Review – Briefing Session

On Thursday 31st January 2019, Child A Serious Case Review will be published and uploaded onto the Dudley Safeguarding Board Website (link below).

A 90 Minute Multi Agency Briefing will take place on Monday 11th February 2018, 12:30pm until 2:00pm at Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY.

Can you please ensure the above information is disseminated within your agency/ organisation and the names of staff or volunteers attending sent to


DFE Consultation regarding safeguarding arrangements in a range of voluntary sector organisations

 DfE have launched  a consultation regarding safeguarding arrangements for Out of School settings including religious groups, home education environments, tuition settings, youth centres, uniformed youth organisations and extra-curricular clubs which are not currently regulated by education or childcare law meaning such providers are not subject to the same safeguarding requirements as registered schools or childcare settings.

The DfE says that while there are many examples of exemplary providers that create positive and safe environments for children to flourish, there are also examples of settings that “lack sufficient safeguards” and in which children are at increased risk of harm to their physical or mental health; intellectual, emotional or behavioural development, or can be exposed to unsafe or hazardous environments.

It is important to share this information with unregistered childcare providers (those offering provision for children over the age of 8yrs and some holiday play-schemes) to encourage them to respond.

The consultation closes on the 24th February”. click the following link to complete

It would be really helpful if after you have completed the consultation you notify us through this blog so that we can calculate the number of Dudley responses.




Child Development in the Early Years Training

Please note there are a limited number of spaces still available for Child Development in the Early Years on Thursday 17th January 9:30-12:30pm


The course will:

  • Explore attachment theory and how it affects children’s personal, social and emotional development, behaviour and learning
  • Recognise that a child is a unique individual whose development usually follows predictable patterns
  • Provide an overview of development areas and the terminology most frequently used
  • Recognise that many factors affect a child’s development.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants will: 

  • Have a broad overview of child development and will have considered their own professional development needs
  • Have an awareness of attachment theory and its affect on child development
  • Identify development areas and use these to acknowledge the uniqueness of each child
  • Know about the factors that may affect child development.

Who is this course for?

Professional workforce who work with and support young children and their families.

If you are interested in booking on please enrol on the link below:—What-You-Need-To-Know


For more information on our other courses please visit:


I’m Back

Dear All

Happy New Year to you all, I hope that you have returned from your Christmas break feeling relaxed and motivated for 2019.

I am delighted to be back at Dudley CVS after my really successful and enjoyable secondment with Dudley MBC as CSE Co-ordinator. I would like to thank everyone who made my experience a positive one during my time with the Local Authority.

I have already reconnected with my team mates Donna and Anthony who have been working hard during my absence.  We are sad to say goodbye to Luke who has moved on to pastures new and we wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his career.  I must also say a big thank you to Jane Clarke, who is a active trustee at Dudley CVS and who kindly agreed to cover some of my duties and support the team whilst I was away.

Well back to it now with a bang, we have just had our first team meeting of the new year and have big plans to further support children, young people and their families to fully engage, have their say and be part of the decisions that affect them and their peers.

Big plans are great but will only come to fruition by re connecting with all of the amazing children and youth involving organisations who exist in Dudley to hear your thoughts, wishes and understand your priorities for the coming year, so please be ready for that email or call or both! to arrange to come and spend some time with you.

I am really looking forward to seeing you all again and inviting you to the next CYPF- Network on Friday 1st March