Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board

Safeguarding Forum Nov 2021

17 November 2021 from 9.30am to 1.00pm

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We would like to invite you to join us for our first Safeguarding Forum, focusing on awareness of safeguarding in the community.  Opening remarks will be given by James Sunderland MP for Bracknell.

This event highlights the importance of safeguarding and how to foster a positive safeguarding culture.

Who is it for?

This event is primarily aimed at:

  • Community and voluntary organisations
  • Community Leaders
  • Volunteers
  • Small group coordinators

It is also suitable for:

  • Local practitioners
  • Local partners

Programme Topics

Session 1: Raising awareness of safeguarding and reaching all communities
In this session you will hear updates from key organisations highlighting local safeguarding issues and how everyone can help safeguard the children, young people and adults who live alongside them.

Session 2: Discussion
We want your views on what could strengthen the local safeguarding approach to improve collaboration between community groups and statutory services and what is already working?

Session 3: Supporting the Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS)
Involve and The Ark will talk about the importance of the role of the CVS in safeguarding and the support currently available as well as a new training package for community leaders and small groups.

Session 4: Introducing a new self-assessment tool
It is important that all organisations understand what is involved and how to ensure their safeguarding responsibilities are covered.  This includes having policies and procedures in place, knowing your roles and responsibilities, how to report and more.  The Safeguarding Board has produced a new tool which provides organisations with the opportunity to highlight areas of strength and to areas for development.

Session 5: Why safeguarding and learning together is important
Listen to case studies from practitioners and how these can provide insight into best practice and working together to safeguard children and vulnerable adults.

Session 6: Question and Answer Session


James Sunderland – MP for Bracknell
James is the MP for the Bracknell Constituency elected in December 2019. Prior to being elected James was a serving Army officer based at the RMA Sandhurst, only leaving at short notice to stand as a Parliamentary candidate.  He has spent much of his adult life working and living in the Aldershot, Camberley and Bracknell area and is very familiar with its surroundings and military population.  Since being elected James has been appointed as one of the two Parliamentary Private Secretaries at the Ministry of Defence and serves on numerous All Party Parliamentary Groups.

James is active in the constituency holding regular constituency surgeries, visiting schools, business and other groups.

Brian Boxall –  Independent Chair and Scrutineer (ICS) for the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board (BFSB)
Brian commenced as the ICS for the Board in December 2019. He previously served as a police officer for 30 years in Surrey Police reaching the rank of Detective Superintendent responsible for public protection in Surrey.  Since his retirement in 2007 he has chaired several adult and children safeguarding boards. He has also been commissioned to author both adult and children serious case reviews and domestic homicide reviews across the country.

Philip Bell - Interim CEO for Involve
Philip qualified as a social worker in 2000 and has since gone on to work within children and families, and adult services in both the statutory and charity sector.  As a past external auditor and trainer for the former Bracknell Forest Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and an active child safeguarding trainer within the Voluntary and Community Sector, Philip continues to demonstrate his commitment to keeping local people safe from harm.  Now, Interim CEO for Involve Community Services, he champions the message of safeguarding wider than ever before.

Andrea McCombie – Chief Executive at The Ark Trust CIO
Andrea has worked in the in the community and voluntary sector for nearly 25 years, with qualifications in finance, psychology, social policy development and adult teaching - in addition to lived experience of disability and caring. She has been the Chief Executive of The Ark Trust, a local user-led charity providing support and services to people with disabilities, long term health conditions, older people, and family carers since 2003. The charity also provides support to other organisations in areas such as inclusion and safeguarding. During the pandemic she has been responsible for managing the community response in Bracknell Forest, working with 1800 volunteers at its peak.

Andrea believes in the value of co-production in the health and social care sector and in advocacy for patient and public voice, and is the Chair of the Safeguarding Board’s Communications, Engagement and Prevention (CEP) subgroup. Her vision is to see the awareness of safeguarding raised within the wider community and the valuable preventative work of the community and voluntary sector recognised by all.

Iain Gregory – PCSO for Thames Valley Police (TVP)
Iain is a police community support officer (PCSO) for TVP who are committed to working together with the community to police local neighbourhoods. They aim to make communities safer through an approach that is focussed on visibility, engagement, problem solving and community resilience. Iain is currently working in Bracknell Forest secondary schools, working on prevention and raising awareness around exploitation.

Liz Warren – Safeguarding Manager at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS)
The Safeguarding Team within RBFRS signposts any safeguarding concerns through to all 6 Local Authority partner agencies within Berkshire. The Safeguarding Team deal with concerns around harm, abuse and neglect.  They also deal with any referrals highlighting individuals that are at threat or risk of arson and deliver Safe and Well visits within their property to hopefully reduce the risk to the occupants. Fire Service provisions includes the Adults at Risk Programme training, which is free to all professionals working in the community. This training informs professionals what fire risks to look out for in the home and when to refer for a Safe and Well Visit for the most at risk and vulnerable individuals within our communities.

Elaine Morgan - Head of Early Intervention at Bracknell Forest Council (BFC)
Elaine has experience across a range of statutory and non- statutory services, which includes targeted early help services, youth justice and MASH.  She is genuinely committed to partnerships in their widest sense, recognising that small, agile partnerships can be as equally empowering in their impact for families and young people compared to those more formally, established arrangements.  On behalf of BFC, Elaine is the South East regional representative participating in conversations with the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for the planning of the Supporting Families programme post March 2022 and is therefore able to contribute to conversations that will nationally and locally influence the continuing development of early help services.