Cake Off in Brighton: join Kate Henry of 2014’s Great British Bake Off in Brighton for a creative cake contest in aid of local charity Team Kenya

Bake. Decorate. Donate…

December 5th 2014. The Cake Off in Brighton takes place on Saturday, December 13th and will be judged by The Great British Bake Off’s Brightonian Kate Henry. Organised by local charity Team Kenya, funds raised at this event will go directly to helping address issues of poverty, equality and empowerment in Ndhiwa, Kenya.

The Cake Off
The winner receives afternoon tea for two at The Grand Hotel.  A number of raffle prizes from other local businesses a lined up, including a food voucher from Foodilic, a jewellery stand, and a love heart to hang in your house, from Sass & Belle, a leather-bound travel journal from Sussex Travel Clinic, and certified organic whey protein from The Organic Protein Company Ltd – plus more prizes.

Entry is open to anyone who fancies their chances at baking a cracking cake. All they have to do is bring it along to the Thomas Kemp pub, 8 St George’s Road, Brighton, at 2pm on December 13th by simply turning up on the day. They can register their interest beforehand with charlotte@team-kenya.co.uk if they want to. Swapping tips, tasting bakes and slurping tea with Kate, who featured in The Great British Bake Off 2014, followed by the judging, will be the order of the afternoon.

So, if anybody fancies themselves as a whiz with a whisk, want to try their hand at artful icing or simply want to eat cake for charity, the two hour Cake Off is the event for them.

Entry is free; however a £5 suggested donation will get entrants cake, a cuppa and a raffle ticket.
Find more at https://www.facebook.com/events/724509150965317/
Twitter: @team_kenya and Kate Henry’s @Treaclebakes
http://www.teamkenya.org.uk/

About Team Kenya

Team Kenya is a small charity based in Brighton, run entirely by volunteers. It has a long standing partnership with the Luo tribe in Ndhiwa, Kenya. Every pound donated goes directly towards the people of Ndhiwa. The facts: 40 years is the average life expectancy. 63% of the community lives in extreme poverty. Maternal and child health is very poor. Malaria, typhoid & TB are widespread. Ndhiwa currently has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in Kenya.

What does Team Kenya do?

Team Kenya has three areas of focus: Girl and Women empowerment, Education and Entrepreneurship. Team Kenya is taking practical action that enables girls and women in Ndhiwa to fulfil their potential. It sponsors the education of students in Western Kenya to help provide a better future for themselves and their community.

Entrepreneurship is one of the most effective forms of local development and addresses the root cause of poverty, says Charlotte at Team Kenya.

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Note to editors. For further information please contact charlotte@team-kenya.co.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR, 01403 711177
or paul@western-pr.com

Western Associates PR is not charging Team Kenya, The Cake Off or Kate Henry for its services.

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New training module for Dinamiks can help housing associations gain IIP accreditation

October 14th 2014, Chichester. Housing Associations interested in gaining Investors in People [IIP] accreditation are a target of a new training module for Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool.

The module, available immediately, can help associations gain IIP accreditation by providing evidence that supports their submission.

IIP is the most successful good practice framework in the UK for gaining business improvement through development of staff. The Dinamiks training module helps association employees see what part they play in achieving an association’s aims and gain understanding and awareness of how their association operates, including how successful it is – or could be, if improved – in interacting with its local community.

“For many organisations, housing associations among them, achieving good practice can be a challenge because of the inter-related factors involved,” says Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, developer of Dinamiks. “The training module takes a lot of pressure off them.”

The module lists every step that is required to gain IIP accreditation and produces an audit trail per employee of the outcome of each step taken. It is this audit trail that IIP accepts as proof of meeting its standards.

The record of the audit trail is kept within Dinamiks on a secure server and is independent of a user’s own in-house data and analysis system, which helps to ensure that every aspect of the IIP accreditation process meets industry best practice standards.

The module allows a housing association to load all its training courses into Dinamiks. Any number of courses can then be linked to an employee’s performance appraisal form and associated with objectives that have to be met in order for accreditation to be attained.

In addition, the module complements Dinamiks’ existing employee performance planning [EDP] capability, which tracks all training, coaching and mentoring given to staff and links it to a performance objective, a competency or a value of the employer organisation.

About Dinamiks

Developed by Dinamiks Ltd, Dinamiks is used by SMEs around the world to carry out regular staff performance appraisals and record the progress of personal development plans against targets, and for the following further core activities: talent management; gaining IIP accreditation; identifying which staff are star performers [and why], and allowing poorer performers to be trained up; compliance; support of personal development plans; and ensuring staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the business.

Available 24/7 via secure web access regardless of user location, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law.

More at: www.dinamiks.com

shirley@dinamiks.com

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Note to the press. For further information please contact:

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd

Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835  shirley@dinamiks.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR

Tel (+44) (0)1403 711177 paul@western-pr.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR

Tel (+44) (0)1403 711177 paul@western-pr.com

Addressing organisational maturity issues with Verax’s enhanced OTI

Verax builds research findings about different levels organisational maturity and de-railers into its Organisational Transitions (OTI) tool

October 9th, 2014.  Odiham, Hants, UK. Verax International Ltd, as part of its on going research into organisational effectiveness, has isolated factors involving maturity of an organisation that can apply to organisations of any size and any market sector. The factors are responsible for organisational ineffectiveness in terms of hindering the achievement of corporate goals, customer satisfaction, ability to change and grow, staff retention etc.

The factors will be incorporated into Verax’s organisational change and effectiveness diagnostics tool, Organisational Transitions (OTI) effective from October 8th 2014.

“It is essential for organisations to identify and deal with systemic factors, or organisational de-railers, because they can have up to three times the impact of any positive effectiveness factor,” says Keith Bedingham, Chairman, Verax International.

Keith Bedingham, Chairman, Verax International

Keith Bedingham, Chairman, Verax International

“They may exist in strategy implementation, leadership, performance management and or in organisation structure, systems, processes and procedures. It’s important to get to the root cause of the reasons they exist and address it.”

Verax’s research revolved around identifying the source of organisational de-railers. Incorporating them into OTI will enable the tool to deliver yet more sophisticated results.

Says Bedingham, “The source is typically an organisation’s maturity level. The level has nothing to do with how long the organisation has been established but more with how the organisation is managed and how it, or its senior managers, responds to external events.

“As organisations become more mature, the de-railers diminish. Organisations have to be managed in order to achieve different levels of maturity. The journey is not necessarily linear and organisations can and do shift from more to less mature levels as well as from less to more.”

And Bedingham warns, “With the economic upheavals of the last five years or so, many organisations will have shifted to a less mature state than they might have been enjoyed earlier.”

About the levels of maturity

Low maturity organisations are likely to be focused on “efficiencies”, cost savings, monthly revenues, and compliance. Risk management tends to be ad hoc. Punishment and blame when things go wrong are the reward systems.

Selection is likely to be based on “technical” skills and behavioural fit and based on immediate need. Training and development is incidental, on the job and “technical”. 360 degree tools don’t work due to low levels of trust.

Organisation structure is likely to be hierarchical and siloed.

Decision making is likely to be based on information provided by management and based on limited criteria. Senior managers appear to be more interested in their own self importance with little attention paid to other stakeholders’ interests.

The above attributes mean that immature organisations have difficulty breaking through various plateaux e.g. revenue levels, growth etc. Growth typically occurs through major external investment, mergers/acquisitions or unexpected larger sales. Organisations may not be at the same level on all factors at one time.

Medium Maturity Organisations

Here managers are thinking about at least a five year plan, new market innovations or a new business model.

Management tends to be aligned to longer term objectives. Executive evaluation is part of the culture. Stakeholders and other external influences contribute to decision making. There is common risk assessment based on understanding the causes of risk.

Learning and development becomes more sophisticated including professional use of 360 degree tools, coaching and performance management. Selection is done with an eye to the future.

High Maturity Organisations

Here the concern is to translate business value into societal value. Managers and staff are motivated to serve the needs and objectives of the Company which is being re-shaped for the next 20 years.

Diverse perspectives are sought and used. There are likely to be heavy hitting non execs on the board. Risk is embedded in daily activities, prioritised, evaluated and responded to accordingly.

Organisation structures are likely to be more complex e.g. matrix, partnerships etc. Learning is likely to be based on future organisational needs, involving a mix of approaches including 360 degree tools and coaching, directly aligned to the business aimed at creating appropriate business leaders.

Selection considers potential contribution, especially to growth, change, achievement and sustainability.

Many senior executives believe their organisation to be more mature than it is in reality. This results in frustration, poor management of change and disappointing business results.

For more information please contact Keith Bedingham on telephone +44 (0) 1256 395050 or email info@verax.co.uk

Verax – OTI link: http://www.verax.co.uk/organisational-bullets.html#oti-rt

Child sexual abuse Helpline missing four times the number of calls it is taking

Child sexual abuse Helpline missing four times the number of calls it is taking

A child sexual abuse prevention Helpline which offers confidential advice, information and support to UK adults concerned about sexual abuse is ‘missing’ an average of 2200 calls a month, over and above the 500 a month currently answered (1).

The figures are revealed as initial findings from an independent evaluation of the Stop it Now! Helpline are published (Thursday, May 15). The research, which also looks at Stop it Now! UK and Ireland’s sister Helpline in Holland, has been led by NatCen Social Research and aimed to assess the contribution such sexual abuse prevention Helplines make to keeping children safe. Its findings reveal the importance of providing anonymous support and advice to help prevent child sexual abuse, including online harm such as sexual grooming and accessing indecent images of children.

Callers who cannot get through to the Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Helpline receive an answerphone message informing them that the line is busy and that they should call back. The missed call data covers the twelve months to March 2014. In April 2014 the Helpline missed a record number of 3,676 calls.

Key points drawn from the research include:

  • A confidential helpline can provide cost effective, quality information that prompts behaviour change in adults and helps to protect children
  • The Stop it Now! Helpline helps protect children from sexual abuse by helping adults with sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviour towards children to understand and manage their behaviour, and by assisting all callers  to take action that protects children and young people from harm
  • Two thirds of potential offenders who completed the online questionnaire had changed their behaviour to reduce the risk of committing an offence following their contact with the helpline
  • Further investment in capacity on the helpline is required as demand currently exceeds capacity to take calls and prospective users may be dissuaded from calling again. An average of 450-520 calls are taken a month with 2,199 being ‘missed’ as the line is busy
  • ‘Lack of awareness’ was identified as a key barrier to people accessing the Helpline at the earliest opportunity and additional resources are required to raise awareness of the Helpline
  • The Helpline service should be combined with prevention education programmes for children and young people; awareness raising for parents/carers and other adults on how to protect children and recognise the signs of abuse; and efforts to promote the safe use of the internet
  • The Helpline has received 31,314 contacts from 14,524 people in ten years

Director of Stop it Now!, Donald Findlater, said:

“We welcome the findings of this independent evaluation. It demonstrates the value of the Stop it Now! Helpline in protecting children from sexual abuse through our support of people who have concerns about either the safety of a child or the behaviour of another person who may present a risk. This includes providing advice and information to those adults who may themselves represent a risk, in order that they do no harm.

“The challenge for us now is in attempting to meet demand. Since the Saville scandal, call numbers have seen a steady and sustained increase. The evaluation shows that many people had to call multiple times before they reached an operator. This is a real concern for us.

“It’s clear from this research that we have great potential to influence behaviour and protect children from harm – and we are experiencing some success. However, our ability to respond to current demand is hampered by our capacity. The research also recommends additional advertising of the Helpline, on the understanding that many who need access to our support are ignorant of the service. I have no doubt that with such improved visibility we could achieve a great deal more – but only if we have the capacity to answer the phone.”

The Stop it Now! Helpline has been operating in the UK since 2002 and takes a public health approach to tackling child sexual abuse. This approach sees all adults as responsible for preventing child sexual abuse. The Helpline looks to support them through the provision of information, advice, support  and guidance. Callers may be parents or carers; people who pose a risk to children; survivors of abuse or professionals.

In July 2013, as part of a range of measures to tackle the growing problem of viewing and downloading of indecent images of children on the Internet, Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that ‘Splash Pages’ should be implemented to warn people about the potential consequences of their illegal online behaviour. He said:

“These warning pages should also tell those who’ve landed on it that they face consequences, such as losing their job, their family, even access to their children if they continue.

“And vitally, they should direct them to the charity campaign ‘Stop it Now!’, which can help them change their behaviour anonymously and in complete confidence.”

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Notes to editors:

For interview opportunities and further information please contact Deborah Denis on ddenis@lucyfaithfull.org.uk | 01372 847160 | 07540 690 315

  1.        Missed call data financial year 2013-2014

 

Month Missed calls Answered calls

2013

April       810        490
May        1,613      516
June       1,983     465
July        2,136     538
August   2,576     515
Sept        2,588    551
Oct         2,811      564
Nov        2,790     574
Dec        2,476      456

2014

Jan        2,102      545
Feb        1,544      520
March   2,963      488

 

  1.        About Stop it Now! 

Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a national campaign and Freephone confidential Helpline run by child protection charity, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation. It aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. Stop it Now! believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to take positive action to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Stop it Now! is an alliance of leading children’s charities including the NSPCC, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, The National Association of People Abused in Childhood and Children England working with the government and child protection agencies, to promote public education and prevent child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely. The helpline is funded by the Ministry of Justice and The Lucy Faithfull Foundation. www.stopitnow.org.uk

 

  1.        About The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation celebrated 20 years of protecting children from sexual harm in 2012. Named after its founder, Baroness Lucy Faithfull of Wolvercote, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. It works with entire families that have been affected by abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members. Drawing on expert knowledge about child sexual abuse the charity offers a broad range of services for professionals and members of the public. These include: assessments, intervention and treatment of known offenders, case specific advice and support, training and development courses and workshops, educational programmes for internet offenders and their families, circles of support and accountability, internet safety seminars for schools (teachers, parents and children) and Parents Protect! training for professionals, parents, carers and other adults. www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk. It also runs the Stop it Now! Campaign and Helpline (0808 1000 900) www.stopitnow.org.uk and www.parentsprotect.co.uk

  1.        About NatCen

NatCen Social Research is an independent, not for profit organisation. We believe that social research has the power to make life better. By really understanding the complexity of people’s lives and what they think about the issues that affect them, we give the public a powerful and influential role in shaping decisions and services that can make a difference to everyone. The Crime and Justice Team at NatCen specialises in research on interpersonal abuse and violence.

Deborah Denis | Head of External Relations

Lucy Faithfull Foundation | Stop it Now! UK and Ireland

Find out more about our work to protect children at www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk | Visit our Stop it Now! campaign and helpline at www.stopitnow.org.uk | For prevention information www.parentsprotect.co.uk

01372 847160 | 07540 690315

*: ddenis@lucyfaithfull.org.uk

46-48 East Street | Epsom | Surrey | KT17 1HQ

Confidential Freephone Helpline: 0808 1000 900

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stopitnowukandireland

 

Free seminar in London on May 23rd for Heads of Business, Heads of Business Development and Heads of HR

Aligning Talent Development with Business Strategy – A Global Perspective

            “Culture could eat Strategy for Breakfast” [Peter Drucker]

May 15th 2014. Verax International Ltd and two of its global clients will be presenting their experiences of aligning global talent development with the business strategy, at a free seminar in London on May 23rd. “One lesson to be learned is that significant breakthroughs can be made in the area of aligning talent with strategy,” says Verax Chairman Keith Bedingham. “In one case, a company won a contract worth £25m from what had originally looked like a losing position.”

The seminar will be full of practical ideas and tips from Kris Wadia, a former managing director with Accenture and now Head of Humanized Leadership [Accenture], and Martin Bushell, Head of Tata Consulting Service’s Business School.

Verax will present its integrated system that scientifically calculates the relationship between leadership and talent development and business strategy.

Verax will also demonstrate its online system that calculates a financial ROI on learning and development.

The event starts at 10:30 on 23rd May, at the Knapp Gallery, Regents University, Regents Park, London, NW1 4NS.

For more information and an invitation to the seminar, contact Keith Bedingham, Verax International Ltd, Tel +44) (0)1256 395050, email info@verax.co.uk
Link: http://www.verax.co.uk/newsletter-0414.html

About Verax

For more than 30 years, Verax has been researching and developing a rigorous, scientific, evidence-based methodology that pinpoints exactly what, where, when and if changes are necessary to achieve an organisation totally aligned to create its strategic objectives.

The company has worked internationally with major organisations to help them operate more efficiently – making significant improvements to effectiveness and business (revenue and profit) results.

Verax specialises in enabling clients make their strategy work, speedily and at all levels throughout the organisation.
Web: verax.co.uk

About Kris Wadia

Kris Wadia is Founder of Humanized Leadership, which demonstrates how to lead multi-cultural teams, especially when cost-controls require management of them by “virtual” means using email, conference calls and the occasional video conference. During his tenure as a managing director at Accenture, he developed talent across 30 countries while shaping a bespoke Global Delivery Network culture for more than 150,000 employees.

About Martin Bushell

Martin Bushell is Head of Tata Consulting Services Business School. At the seminar he will explain how linking talent development with business strategy generated a £25 million contract for customer.

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Tops HR Consulting appointed channel partner for Dinamiks, the online appraisal and employee performance management tool

May 13th 2014. Hawkhurst [Kent] based Tops HR Consulting has been appointed a channel partner for Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool, by its UK developer, Dinamiks Ltd. Being a channel partner enables Tops HR Consulting to expand its range of services and offer Dinamiks to existing clients and prospects regardless of their location.

Tops HR Consulting Managing Director David Topping says, “I was looking for a flexible, efficient and cost effective online appraisal system that could fulfil the needs of some of my SME clients while enabling my business to provide enhanced employee appraisal services. The Dinamiks system ticked all the boxes and was also simple and quick to install for my clients, which helped to clinch signing up as a channel partner.

“Being cloud-based, Dinamiks is not only the right platform for taking HR into the future, but the backup and customer service from Dinamiks Ltd has been excellent, with site visits arranged to suit client needs.

“Both my clients and Tops HR Consulting are delighted with the product and impressed by the minor updates and new functionality that take place on a regular basis, and which are not disruptive to users because they happen automatically on the cloud.”

David Topping

David Topping

About Tops HR Consulting

With more than 25 years HR management experience, TOPS HR Consulting is an independent HR consultancy specialising in supporting SMEs that typically don’t want to carry the overhead of a permanent HR support, but need to be able to call on highly experienced and business focused HR support as and when required, both nationally and regionally in Kent and the South East. More at topshrconsulting.co.uk   Contact david@topshrconsulting.co.uk

Dinamiks at a glance

Available 24/7 via secure web access regardless of user location, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law. More at: dinamiks.com  Contact shirley@dinamiks.com

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Note to the press. For further information please contact:

David Topping, Tops HR Consulting
Tel +44 (0)1580 752865 david@topshrconsulting.co.uk

Or Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd
Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835 shirley@dinamiks.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR
Tel (+44) (0)1403 711177 paul@western-pr.com

 

 

 

Aster Maintenance purchases licence to use Dinamiks, for staff appraisals and performance management

November 14th 2013.

Hartley Wintney [Hampshire] based Aster Maintenance Ltd, specialists in commercial building maintenance and engineering services, has purchased a licence to use Dinamiks, the cloud based, online employee performance management and appraisal tool.

UK-developed Dinamiks will allow management to roll out appraisals to staff via web access, and dispense with paper reports and long, drawn out appraisal meetings, and enable employees to look at – and add notes to – their individual performance appraisal reports at any time.  It will also allow management to monitor employee performance continuously, throughout the year, and provide essential training when and where required to help any under performing staff meet their targets and the company’s objectives.

Aster Maintenance Managing Director Mark Shadrake said, “Dinamiks will give our appraisals continuity and the benefit of conforming to industry best practice, which has been variable in the past due to different managers bringing in their own ideas about appraisals.”

He added, “Dinamiks will get staff more involved in the performance management and appraisal processes – and in a more friendly way, because it dispenses with the unknown element of the face to face interviews, which can be challenging and off-putting to staff, to the detriment of their appraisals.  We also expect it to help with bringing staff together more effectively as a team, because of the team-building that use of Dinamiks encourages.

“Finally, management will be able to compare individual performance over months and years, by looking at easy-to-understand displays in Dinamiks and using it to maintain or improve performance if necessary.”

Mark Shadrake, Managing Director, Aster Maintenance

About Aster Maintenance

Aster Maintenance offers complete maintenance services for all commercial and public building systems, gas and water metering and energy efficiency monitoring, to London, the South East and the South of England.

As well as ensuring buildings are safe and comfortable, the company makes regular planned preventative maintenance visits and carries out servicing of equipment to ensure legal compliance. The full range of Aster Maintenance’s services comprises heating, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance; fire safety equipment maintenance; security systems maintenance; gas and water metering; energy efficiency monitoring.

More at astermaintenance.com

mark.shadrake@astermaintenance.co.uk

About Dinamiks

Developed in Chichester by Dinamiks Ltd, Dinamiks is used by SMEs around the world to carry out regular staff performance appraisals, and recording the progress of personal development plans against targets, and for the following further core activities: talent management; identifying which staff are star performers [and why], and allowing poorer performers to be trained up; compliance; support of personal development plans, and ensuring staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the business.

Available 24/7 via secure web access regardless of user location, Dinamiks reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law.

More at:  dinamiks.com

shirley@dinamiks.com

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Family fun day focuses on preventing child sexual abuse in Ceredigion and will culminate in balloon release

(July 26, 2013) Two organisations committed to making the lives of children better will put preventing child sexual abuse firmly on the agenda this week by hosting an awareness and prevention family fun day. The one day event taking place at Cardigan Leisure Centre today (Friday, July 26) will be attended by Julie Morgan AM, Chair of the Cross Party Group on Children.

The event is a collaboration between the national child sexual abuse prevention campaign Stop it Now! Wales and Jig-So Children’s Centre, Cardigan, and marks the fourth anniversary of Stop it Now! Wales.

Attendees include:- Julie Morgan AM; Mr Tim Burton, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys; Mr Parry Davies, Strategic Director – Care, Protection and Lifestyle and Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, Ceredigion County Council and Chief Inspector Angela Reed, Dyfed Powys Police.

Activities throughout the event (11am-2pm) include face painting, outdoor games, mobile making with Welsh Women’s Aid, mini sports, activities from various organisations and a design a balloon competition.

The day will culminate in a charity balloon race to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Stop it Now! Wales. The balloons carry contact numbers for Jig-So and the Stop it Now! Helpline. They cost £1 each and are environmentally friendly. Local Florist in Cardigan, Pink Orchid, has donated the helium. Prizes for the furthest balloon travelled that is returned include, among other things, a hamper of “goodies” and a family ticket to Folley Farm Adventure Park and Zoo.

Multi-agency staff from across Ceredigion who work with children or families are also expected to attend.

Julie Morgan AM Chair of the Cross Party Group on Children said:

I’m delighted to take part in this event organised by the Stop it Now! Wales campaign.

“It’s so important that the issue of sexual abuse of children is highlighted and is brought out into the open so that we can discuss it and debate how we can best come together to stop it.”

National Manager of Stop it Now! Wales Rebecca Morgan said:           

“Sexual abuse affects more children than we would like to think – at least one in ten across Wales. Events like this, where we get to raise awareness of the problem and talk about what can be done to prevent abuse from happening in the first place, are really important.

“Stop it Now! Wales is celebrating four years of working to protect children from sexual harm and campaigning for more emphasis on prevention in government policy.

“When we launched in 2009, our public survey told us that 70 per cent of people in Wales wanted to know more about child sexual abuse. Since then we have delivered over 400 awareness raising and education sessions and courses to over 4000 parents and carers across Wales. Calls to the Stop it Now! helpline have increased steadily year upon year and we continue to expand and support both the current child and family workforces as well as the workforces of the future in taking a pro-active approach to protecting children and young people from sexual harm.”

Linda Grace, Jig-So Chair of Trustees said:

“It is a privilege to be working in partnership with Stop it Now! Wales on this vitally important campaign on preventing the sexual harm of children.

“This work has added a significant dimension to the work Jig-So delivers in support of families throughout Ceredigion and other communities.

“Both parents and professionals consistently tell us how much they value the opportunity to discuss this issue and how to gain access to other resources of support.”

The Stop it Now! campaign operates a Freephone confidential helpline – 0808 1000 900 – which people can call for advice and support in relation to child sexual abuse issues.

Residents of Ceredigion and the surrounding areas can access further information on protecting children from sexual abuse from the Parents Protect! website – www.parentsprotect.co.uk

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 Notes to Editors:

 1. For more information please contact Deborah Denis, Stop it Now! Media and Communications Manager, on +44 (0) 1372 847160, +44 (0) 7540 690315 or ddenis@lucyfaithfull.org.uk or Linda Grace, Jig-So Chair of Trustees on +44 (0) 7974 732275.

2. Media are invited to attend the event on July 26th where photo opportunities will be available. The event begins at 11.00.

3. The event will be attended by

·       Julie Morgan AM and Chair of the Cross Party Group on Children

·       Mr Tim Burton, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys

·       Mr Parry Davies, Strategic Director – Care, Protection and Lifestyle and Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, Ceredigion County Council

·       Chief Inspector Angela Reed, Dyfed Powys Police

·       Stop it Now! National Manager, Rebecca Morgan

4. Stop it Now! Wales aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. Stop it Now! believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to take positive action to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Stop it Now! is supported by an alliance of leading children’s charities, working with the government and child protection agencies, to promote public education and prevent child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely. The Stop it Now! Helpline is funded by the Public Protection and Mental Health Group in the National Offender Management Service of the Ministry of Justice, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, charitable trusts and donors. Stop it Now! Wales is supported by the Welsh Government. www.stopitnow.org.uk  Stop it Now! also runs the public education website www.parentsprotect.co.uk.

New report shows over half of parents and carers do not feel confident to protect their children from sexual abuse – while calls for help relating to protecting children continue to rise

July 17th 2013:  Six out of ten (59%) parents and carers are not as confident as they would like to be when it comes to protecting their children from sexual abuse. And if they had concerns only 70% would feel confident to act upon or report these concerns.  7.7 million families have dependent children in the UK[1] which could mean 4.5 million families are lacking the confidence to protect their children.

The only UK-wide charity dedicated solely to tackling child sexual abuse, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, reveals the figures in a new report from its Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Campaign and Helpline.

Data was collected from 2,303 parents and carers who Stop it Now! worked with between October 2012 and March 2013. Parents and carers were asked to rate their confidence levels in a number of areas before attending a seminar on child sexual abuse prevention. Findings show:

·        Prior to the workshop only 41% of parents and carers rated themselves as ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about being able to keep their children safe from sexual abuse. Post-workshop this almost doubled to 79%

·        Prior to the workshop only 70% of parents and carers stated they felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about acting on, or reporting, any concerns they may have about child sexual abuse. Post workshop this had risen to 92%

·        Prior to the workshop, only 27% of parents and carers stated they felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about being able to spot signs of sexual abuse in their child’s behaviour. Post workshop this almost trebled to 79%

·        Prior to the workshop only 13% of parents and carers felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about spotting potentially concerning behaviour in an adult. Post workshop 69% rated themselves as ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’

The findings are contained in the Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Helpline and Campaign ten year report, which also shows that calls to the confidential resource climbed from 1,024 in 2003 to 5,676 in 2012. Over the last three years the number of callers has increased at an average rate of 24% each year as the public has become more aware of the Helpline’s existence and as public concern about child sexual abuse has risen.

Calls fall into three main categories of caller:- adults concerned about their own sexual thoughts or behaviour (38%); family, friends and other adults concerned about the behaviour of another adult (27%) and parents and carers concerned about a child or young person’s sexual behaviour (6%). Other callers include adults concerned about children who may have been abused (5%), professionals seeking case advice (13%) and adult survivors of sexual abuse (7%).

Donald Findlater, Director of Research and Development with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Director of Stop it Now! UK and Ireland said:

“Our report clearly shows that while adults can and do take action to protect a child when they know where to go for help, many are not sure of what to look for and what action they can take if they do have concern. The Stop it Now! Helpline is one of the few places they can go for confidential, expert help, and growing numbers of adults are using the service.

“Child sexual abuse affects one in six children in the UK. Whilst it often hits the headlines, this is typically only after harm has been done. It is a scandal that so little is done to prevent abuse before it happens. Sadly the Parents Protect! sexual abuse prevention seminars, which achieved so much in improving the knowledge and confidence of those best placed to protect their children, have lost funding from the Department of Education, despite on-going demand. The Governments of Scotland and Wales continue to fund Parents Protect work for their parents and carers.

“If we are to take the problem of child sexual abuse seriously, we must behave as if prevention were a possibility. At present it feels like we are resigned to the fact that lots of our children are being abused and we simply wring our hands after the next publicised tragedy. This does nothing to stop it happening and it does even less for the thousands of children suffering abuse in silence.

“We need a public education campaign on the same scale as the drink drive and child obesity campaigns. We need Government to take a comprehensive look at services to prevent abuse from happening as well as to respond appropriately after it has happened – and we need all of this yesterday. Our children deserve nothing less.”

Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said:

“’The majority of adult survivors of sexual abuse who contact the NAPAC support line tell us they were abused by someone they knew.

“It is absolutely vital that parents and carers are confident about what to look for and what to do if they have concerns. It is not up to children to protect themselves and we know very few children disclose the abuse that is happening to them at the time.

“Parents, carers, family members and other protective adults are best placed to protect children but they must be informed and able to seek help and take action if they have concerns.”

The Helpline and Campaign report covers ten years of pioneering work to protect children from sexual abuse. It concludes by stating that to really tackle child sexual abuse in the UK, Government needs to adopt a comprehensive approach to prevention.

The Stop it Now! Helpline is currently the subject of an independent evaluation funded by the EU and conducted by NatCen Social Research, Britain’s largest independent social research organisation. Due to conclude in Spring 2014, the evaluation will inform the development of similar sexual abuse prevention helplines elsewhere in Europe.

 

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Notes to editors:

For interviews contact:

Donald Findlater, Director of Research and Development at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, on +44 (0) 1372 847160 | +44 (0) 777 853 2851 | dfindlater@lucyfaithfull.org.uk

Deborah Denis, Media and Communications Manager at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, on +44 (0) 1372 847160, +44 (0) 7540 690315 or ddenis@lucyfaithfull.org.uk

 

1.       About the Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation celebrated 20 years of protecting children from sexual harm in 2012. Named after its founder, Baroness Lucy Faithfull of Wolvercote, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. It works with entire families that have been affected by abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members. Drawing on expert knowledge about child sexual abuse the charity offers a broad range of services for professionals and members of the public. These include: assessments, intervention and treatment of known offenders, case specific advice and support, training and development courses and workshops, educational programmes for internet offenders and their families, circles of support and accountability, internet safety seminars for schools (teachers, parents and children) and Parents Protect! training for professionals, parents, carers and other adults. http://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk. It also runs the Stop it Now! Campaign and Helpline (0808 1000 900) www.stopitnow.org.uk and www.parentsprotect.co.uk

www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk

 

2.       About Stop it Now! 

Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a national campaign and Freephone confidential Helpline. It aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. Stop it Now! believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to take positive action to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Stop it Now! is supported by an alliance of leading children’s charities including the NSPCC, Action for Children, Children England and The National Association of People Abused in Childhood, working with the government and child protection agencies, to promote public education and prevent child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely. The helpline is funded by the Ministry of Justice, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and donations. www.stopitnow.org.uk


[1] Office for National Statistics, Family Size 2012

Dinamiks Ltd adds roles functionality to its world class employee performance management solution, Dinamiks

July 4th 2013.  Chichester, UK.   Dinamiks, the cloud-based employee performance management solution with users on four continents, has been enhanced through the addition of roles-led functionality, which gives management greater flexibility at employee appraisal time and throughout the year.

UK-developed Dinamiks features three roles, which between them (i)enable teams in remote locations to have a local manager in addition to a line manager at head office, who can support their personal development and manage local objectives, all of which can be aligned to the business goals;

(ii) allow a second manager to review, comment and provide a second level sign off – useful for businesses that like the assurance of a second review as part of their sign off of the performance appraisal;

(iii) allow mentors to be associated with individuals within or across teams. This functionality is useful because mentors can be very beneficial in sharing knowledge and skills to develop team members and teams.

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, says, “The added roles functionality in Dinamiks comes in response to user demand across continents. We listen carefully to our users because they are at the forefront of using the cloud-based approach in HR and are keen to deepen their use of Dinamiks across their organisations. The new functionality has been beta tested with them and meets all their requirements.”

Dinamiks at a glance

Dinamiks is used by SMEs around the world to carry out regular staff performance appraisals, and recording the progress of personal development plans against targets, and for the following further core activities: talent management; identifying which staff are star performers [and why], and allowing poorer performers to be trained up; compliance; support of personal development plans, and ensuring staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the business.

Available 24/7 via secure web access, Dinamiks also reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law.

More at: dinamiks.com

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