Many faith-based organisations have responsibilities for children and vulnerable adults, both within their organisations and the parishes or communities they serve.
Over the last 20 years I have had the opportunity to work with various faith groups and worked in many parts of the world where the Muslim faith has a very great influence.
Whether these bodies be church schools, faith communities, religious bodies or NGOs I am committed to working with all these groups to both challenge them and empower them to better support and protect children online.
Recently I was commissioned by the Diocese of Southwark to produce training as part of their 'Safeguarding' training programme. In the autumn of 2011 I began piloting training with 40 staff working with young people across the Diocese.
A few quotes from the delegates
I am very happy I attended today's course. It was empowering, encouraging and inspirational and simple. It greatly helped in forming ideas about how best to lead with social media and ways of harnessing the potential. 5 stars! (out of 5 by the way!) "
"This course was very professional and extremely vital to our way forward both in the church and in general life"
"Truly inspirational, very pleased I attend. Thank you".
"Very satisfied. It was really informative, everyone participated really well. Trainer was absolutely fantastic."
"It will help us to re-write our safeguarding policy as we have concentrated too much on safeguarding adults and not enough about the young people."
"Outstandingly good. This course should be rolled-out and all clergy, safeguarding officers, youth learder required to attend."
Jill Sandham Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, says:
Having heard of Stephen’s expertise and experience in e-safety we asked him to work with us in preparing a pilot training session on Safeguarding Children Online, which we could embed into our comprehensive safeguarding training programme. The feedback which we received from the first 40 staff who attended Stephen’s 3 hour sessions was overwhelmingly positive and we are now working with Stephen to see how we can roll-out this training across the whole of our Diocese, and make our Diocesan and Parish procedures for e-safety more robust.
I would recommend Stephen as both a trainer and partner. We’ve been impressed with his knowledge, professionalism, and particularly his ability to understand the complexities of life in faith communities. We look forward to further work with him.
Jill Sandham Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Diocese of Southwark.