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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Safeguarding with the Zipit App
The Zipit app has been created by Childline and available for iphone, android, blackberry  smart phones and ipad touch. It helps young people stay in control of flirty chat. If you are asked to send naked photos or chat gets too pushy the app allows you to send a range of photos with smart/ amusing comeback lines that help get the chat back in line. Helps young people stay safe and in control.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Funding Applications to Children in Need

PAVO has received feedback that Children in Need is tightening up significantly around safeguarding and their expectations of organisations who apply for funding. We are aware of an organisation that was turned down for funding because they had not had training (this included the Board) although they had policies and procedures in place for safeguarding.

If your are considering applying to Children in Need for funding, you are advised to check the Fund's guidance for applicants which sets out Children in Need's requirements, see: The guidance includes an expectation that applicants will be able to demonstrate that they: "ensure all staff, volunteers and management committee members receive safeguarding children training which is relevant to their role and updated on a regular basis".

For more information about Children in Need grants, see: 

If you are considering applying to Children in Need and require support to develop your application; need to develop or update your safeguarding procedures; or need to access safeguarding training, you can contact PAVO for support on 01597 822191 or

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

New Service for Young People

Runaway Helpline is here for young people before, during and after they run away. The helpline is open 24 hours a day and is always free and confidential. You don’t have to have credit on your phone to contact us.

Through Runaway Helpline we can:
·         Facilitate a 3 way call - Some young people may find it too daunting to directly contact the Police. Through 116 000 we are able to set up a three way call to enable first contact. Contact may be made to the Police, teacher, social worker, foster parent, family member or support worker (amongst others).
·         Pass a message home - We are able to pass a message home on behalf of the missing person on to a family member or caregiver.
·         1 to 1 chat – Through our online chat service young people can receive support without picking up the phone. They can use 1 to 1 chat discreetly and access the same support offered on the helpline.
·         Written guidance – Many young people wish to read about the ‘what ifs?’ about running away. Our website allows them to weigh up their options safely.
·         Aftercare - As well as our helpline, we have a service in Wales called Aftercare, which gives us the ability to provide additional support to families when the young person returns. The focus of Aftercare is to get to the root cause of the missing incident, to ensure that the young person is not put at further risk by becoming a repeat missing person. Families and professionals can both refer through 116 000 or

If you would like further information about services available or to discuss a presentation to your service, please contact

LGBTQ Young People - Training

Training offered by Children in Wales.
21st March - Conwy.

Young LGBTQ people:  making things perfectly queer.
A one-day course

The training will explore LGBT issues and young people.  The process of coming out, issues for young people such as bullying, gender identity and sexuality.  How to support young people whether gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning young people.  It will deal with issues such as safeguarding, self-harm, substance misuse and Child Sexual Exploitation.  This will be conducted using a rights based approach.

Participants will:
Have an understanding LGBTQ issues
Gain ways of supporting LGBTQ young people
Gain knowledge on safeguarding LGBTQ young people
Gain practical skills in identifying young people who are vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation

Monday, 13 March 2017

Get £500 to support online safety with Go Think Big


Get £500 to support online safety with Go Think Big

Whether it’s waking up and instantly checking Twitter, sneakily sending photos of your dog filter face to your mates in class, or doing a final flick through Instagram before bed, you can’t deny that our generation live our lives online.
They might not admit it, but our parents don’t really get it. Yes, they send emails for work and log onto ‘The Facebook’ occasionally, but they didn’t grow up with the internet – they remember when Google was a new thing and YouTube was just for funny cat videos.

Children's Legal Centre Roadshow

The Children's Legal Centre are off on their travels.
There will be a roadshow asking children and young people what do they want to know about the law and where do they want to lean it?
Reasonable travel costs and Pizza in return for their views!
For more information see:

Disability Awareness Course

Places available - 

23rd March, Committee Room 2, Neuadd Brycheiniog, Brecon LD3 7HR 9.30am – 4.30pm
28th March, NPTC, Coleg Powys, Llanidloes Road, Newtown SY16 4HU 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Aims of the Day
To explore and challenge the personal beliefs and attitudes that creates barriers for disabled children and young people’s inclusion in society and how these can be overcome

Issues Covered in Training

          To understand the legislative framework for providing inclusive services.
            To explore how models of disability affect practice 
          The power of language and terminology in relation to disabled children
           Social Model vs Medical/expert Model of disability
          Rights based approaches to inclusion of disabled children – giving children a voice
          Discussing and debunking the myths of including disabled children into mainstream activities
           Duties under the Equality Act 2010
           Overcoming barriers  - understanding and promoting reasonable adjustments
           Working in partnership with parents
          To consider ways mainstream activities can be adapted to include disabled children-
           Looking at features of inclusive settings 
Child development from 0 - 25 and the impact of disability / long terms conditions on the child and young person

To Book email : or or telephone 01597 827507

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Registration Fees for Education Workforce Council

Registration Fees for the Education Workforce Council

From 1 April 2017, the Education Workforce Council’s (EWC’s) registration fee will be subsidised* by the Welsh Government. Without the subsidies, the fees for each group would be £46.
*The subsidy is only available where there is a requirement to register with the EWC. N.B. All registration fee contributions are subject to tax relief.

Registration Category The FEE that you will pay School Teacher £45 Further Education Teacher £45  School Learning Support Worker £15 Further Education Learning Support Worker £15 Work Based Learning Practitioners £45 Youth Workers £45 Youth Support Workers £15

For further information on the registration fee model please visit  or email or tel. 029 2082 3039.

Ffioedd cofrestru ar gyfer Cyngor y Gweithlu Addysg

O 1 Ebrill 2017, bydd Llywodraeth Cymru yn rhoi cymhorthdal* ar gyfer ffi gofrestru Cyngor y Gweithlu Addysg (CGA). Heb y cymorthdaliadau, byddai pob gr w ˆ    p  yn talu ffi o £46.
*Dim ond lle y bo’n ofynnol cofrestru â CGA y mae’r cymhorthdal ar gael. D.S. Mae modd cael gostyngiad treth ar gyfraniadau’r ffioedd cofrestru.

Categori Cofrestru Y FFI i’w thalu Athro Ysgol £45 Athro Addysg Bellach £45  Gweithiwr Cymorth Dysgu mewn Ysgol £15 Gweithiwr Cymorth Dysgu mewn Addysg Bellach  £15 Ymarferwr Dysgu Seiliedig ar Waith £45 Gweithiwr Ieuenctid £45 Gweithiwr Cymorth Ieuenctid £15

Am ragor o wybodaeth am y model ffi gofrestru ymwelwch â neu e-bostiwch neu ffoniwch 029 2082 3039.

Research on the Oganisational Development of Youth Organisations

In the context of our new project, Organizational Development of Youth Organizations (ODYO), CNVOS and its partners are conducting a research about the organizational development practices in organizations (from EU Member States) working with young people.

The main instrument for data collection will be an online survey, which is available at this link, until 10 March 2017.

If you represent an organization working with young people, we would appreciate a lot if will take 15 minutes to answer to our questions.

If you happen to know organizations who work with young people, please share with them this survey.

The results of the current research will be made public in a final report produced within the ODYO project, which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The project is being developed and implemented by CSDF (Civil Society Development Foundation), CNVOS (Center for information service, co-operation and development of NGOs) and ENNA.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write us.

Thank you for your contribution!

Veronika Vodlan
projektna svetovalka/Project Consultant