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: dale@dudleycvs.org.uk

or download an application pack from https://bit.ly/2fin9vz


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 donna.thorneycroft@dudley.gov.uk


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:



For more information on our other courses please visit: https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/events-list


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


Inspiring Leadership Training at Phase Trust for VCO leaders across Dudley


Thursday 1st March saw the first “Leadership Matters” workshop for third sector leaders on “Moments that matter: Dealing with Conflict”.

12 leaders came together to see whether there was any synergy in having a leadership training track, in a safe environment to learn and give themselves permission to take much deserved time in investing in their leadership skills.

Jayne Sargeant, leader of Phase Trust, facilitated the session which covered causes and sources of conflict, consequences, style of conflict and gave some basic tools for handling and managing conflict.

The overwhelming feedback from this pilot session was that this was an excellent chance to reflect on our own practice, gave lots of helpful ideas on how to deal with conflicts currently faced and that more sessions like this were needed and wanted.

The hope is that this will be the start of leaders not only receiving investment into their growth and development but also an opportunity to share their learning and experience and invest into others. Further sessions hope to include topics such as “Self-leadership”, “Building great teams”, “Strategic leadership” and “Leaving a legacy”.

Outstanding Citizen Awards- Who do you know who is an outstanding citizen?

Outstanding Citizen Awards 2018 – Nomination Form

Please find below details of the Outstanding Citizen Award for 2018 which was launched at the end of January and is looking for  the unsung heroes of the West Midlands to be nominated for the Award.

Nominations are now being accepted for the following categories:

Outstanding Citizen

Outstanding Young Citizen

Outstanding Community Project

Individuals or organisations who are nominated for the awards will be voluntary or community based and will have shown consistent dedication to their community over a period of time, giving up their own time and helping others in ways which contribute to community safety or reducing crime and disorder.  The closing date for nominations will be Monday 9 April 2018, and there will then be an Awards Ceremony held on Thursday 5 July 2018.  As with previous years custody visitors will also be presented with long service awards on the evening , as well as thank you for their work this year and a welcome for new visitors.

Having a Blast! Making an Impact!

Dudley CVS blog

As the Children, Young People and Families in Communities team enters its sixth month together we are taking the time to celebrate the progress we have made during this time. It’s been a blast and we are loving every minute, we wanted to share some of our highlights and achievements with you!

What an honour!
The team attended Dudley’s Centre for Professional Practice’s staff recognition awards at Himley Hall. It was a wonderful event which celebrated the achievements of staff and recognised those that go the extra mile. CYIC award
What was really special and humbling was that the Centre for Professional Practice gave an award to recognise people who work with children and young people in the community and…WE WON!!!!! It was really an honour to be recognised by partners and the award takes pride of place on the fireplace in our office at Dudley CVS. Read more about the award…

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PAPYRUS Bedtime stories campaign to save children from suicide

At PAPYRUS we know that cyberbullying is driving younger children to seek help with suicide thoughts. Today, to mark World Safer Internet Day, we have launched our Bedtime Stories campaign with a hard-hitting film to raise awareness of the impact of online bullying. We know from calls to our helpline, HOPELineUK, that online bullying is a contributing factor for many young people having thoughts of suicide. Over 200 schoolchildren die by suicide every year in the UK. We need everyone to be aware of the impact that online bullying can have on children and young people’s mental health. This Safer Internet Day, we want to unite against bullying and consider what we can do to make our online environment safer.

Bedtime Stories

This new film is part of the charity’s year-long campaign to Save The #ClassOf2018. Over 200 schoolchildren die by suicide every year in the UK. Suicide is the main cause of death of all young people under 35 in the UK. The message through this film is to say to parents ‘a better internet starts with you’ and to encourage them to ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect’ by engaging with their children in a conversation about their online activity.

How can you help?

share our film: #BedtimeStories – a hard-hitting film about online bullying https://youtu.be/yuqlg_pyZks

Download our resources: https://www.papyrus-uk.org/help-advice/resources/bedtimestories-online-bullying

Update your profile picture: Show that you are part of the effort to help stop online bullying by updating your Facebook or Twitter profile picture with our new frame

Join the conversation online: Share our social media posts and how you’re helping to stop online bullying using the hashtags #SID2018 and #BedtimeStories