New community and faith network to help keep people safe

Published 21st December 2017

Community and faith groups in Sandwell have signed up to a new safeguarding network launched to help protect vulnerable children and adults.

Around 100 people attended a special event to develop the network. They included professionals from Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board, Sandwell Council, West Midlands Police, Sandwell's Inclusive Muslim Action Network (IMAN), the Department for Education and members of community and faith organisations.

The Community and Faith-based Establishment Safeguarding Network will be a platform for building stronger links, sharing ideas and resources, providing training and working together to help make sure vulnerable children and adults are safe. The event included workshops on leadership, partnership working and what the network could achieve.

Councillor Syeda Khatun, Sandwell Council’s deputy leader, said: “This was a very positive event, bringing together a wide range of professionals and community and faith groups to look at how we can better protect vulnerable people and children in Sandwell.”

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “I welcome the launch of this network and everyone working more closely together to keep children and young people safe.”

Chief Superintendent Richard Baker, chair of Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board’s Community Engagement Group, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in making this event a success and to all members of community and faith groups who attended. It is important the network is led, influenced and directed by the community, working with our partner organisations. We will be looking to get more people from the community involved as we develop the network and tackle the key issues to keep people safe.”  

The event was held earlier this month (December) at West Bromwich Community Centre, Gayton Road.

Email lscb_sandwell@sandwell.gov.uk to get involved in the Community and Faith-based Establishment Safeguarding Network.