Voluntary Action Camden

Safeguarding and Physical Security in Community Settings

In the August edition of VAC’s Safeguarding Podcast, Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi our Community Safeguarding Lead talks to John Bayley – founder and Managing Director of HA9 Consultancy Ltd about: “Safeguarding and physical security in community settings”

John Bayley retired from the Metropolitan Police Service in 2014 with over 40 years of policing experience.

This included community policing and schools, gang crime, domestic violence, fraud investigation abroad, the Soham Murder Enquiry and counter terrorism to name a few.

Currently working in partnership with Camden and the Home Office, HA9 has now extended their activity to support all community groups and voluntary organisations, including supplementary schools, faith groups and charities.

In the podcast they discuss the importance of risk assessments, supervision and fire safety, safer recruitment and CCTV; plus John makes some recommendations on personal security, access control and identifying strangers.

 You can listen to the podcast below:


HA9 also offers training and workshops on grooming and safety online. http://www.ha9consultancy.co.uk/

Made by Thames Valley Police, John uses the following video in his interactive safeguarding training. It tells the powerful story of a 13 year old girl who was groomed online.


For information on this training, physical security or other safeguarding support for your organisation, please email john directly at: john@ha9consultancy.com

Useful websites and resources:

Fire safety and risk assessment templates for your organisation.

Are you a voluntary organisation, group or supplementary school delivering services to under 18’s in Camden? 

If so, please contact Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi at dogunyemi@vac.org.uk for safeguarding training, guidance and support on keeping children safe.  

Private Fostering Podcast Jan 2021

Private fostering is an arrangement where a child or young person under the age of 16 is looked after full time for more than 27 days by an adult who is not their parent, step-parent, grandparent or legal guardian.

As part of our Protecting Children in the Community Podcast series, VAC’s Safeguarding Lead Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi talks to Zinah Parekh, Lead Officer in Camden’s Private Fostering Team; about how making arrangements for children to be cared for by someone who is not a close relative, may be a safeguarding concern.

Please see Zinah’s presentation, recourses and booklet for professionals and safeguarding leads:

Private Fostering Presentation 
Private Fostering Professionals Information
Private Fostering Leaflet

For more information about private fostering, to simply get advice or to make a referral, please contact Zinah Parekh directly at Zinah.Parekh@camden.gov.uk

If you are worried a child or young person is at risk or has suffered significant harm, please contact the Children and Families Contact service on: 020 7974 3317 or Email: LBCMASHadmin@camden.gov.uk

Out of office hours (after 5pm, weekends and bank holidays): 020 7974 4444

In cases of an emergency and immediate response, always contact the police on 999

Out of School Setting Podcast


Podcast Link between VAC’s Safeguarding lead Dianne Carlton-Ogunyemi, Suzie Yassin and Jane Murphy from Camden here:

The National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) is a strategic and support organisation for community-led supplementary schools and the wider community education sector across England. We are a national champion for excellence, innovation and partnership in out-of-school settings.

To access support and training you can subscribe through the NRCSE website


The National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) in Partnership with John Lyon’s Charity and Young People’s Foundations, is launching a webinar series entitled ‘London’s Out of School Settings Rise to the Challenge’. Presented by and for London’s diverse out-of-school settings offering educational opportunities to children and young people in the capital, these webinars will be of interest to all those working with community organisations to supplement children’s education.

This three-part webinar series is an opportunity to hear from invited speakers and out-of-school settings about how to meet the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic and adapt to new ways of working. Each webinar will offer practical ideas, advice and best practice with a chance to ask questions. (add poster)

OOSS Webinar One: Adapting to Lockdown and Restrictions

Wednesday 2nd December 2020

11:00 – 12:00

Register FREE: https://oosswebinarone.eventbrite.co.uk

OOSS Webinar Two: Safe and Effective Delivery

Thursday 3rd December 2020

11:00 – 12:00

Register FREE: https://oosswebinartwo.eventbrite.co.uk

OOSS Webinar Three: ‘Looking to the Future’ and Funding

Thursday 10th December 2020

11:00 – 12:00

Register FREE: https://oosswebinarthree.eventbrite.co.uk


Out-of-school settings, like other parts of the sector, should be following Government’s updated “Protective measures for after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings” and encouraging others, such as parents with children that would usually attend their settings, to do the same.

To find out how the current National restrictions are affecting out-of-school settings . Click on this link
The Department for Education (DfE) has published a new safeguarding code of practice to help providers of clubs, tuition and activities for children understand their safeguarding responsibilities, based on current legal requirements and what is considered to be good safeguarding practice.

The guidance encourages providers to review their practices under 4 sections:

health and safety
child protection and safeguarding
suitability of staff and volunteers
In addition, the DfE has published guidance for parents and carers to help them choose a safer setting for their child. Providers are encouraged to proactively speak to parents about safeguarding and support them in answering any questions they may have about their policies.


Camden Learning supports out-of-school settings through the Camden Supplementary Schools Forum which meets termly (currently via Zoom). To register for upcoming forums or for further support, email suzie.yassin@camden.gov.uk or jane.murphy@camden.gov.uk

Safeguarding interview series 2: National Centre for Domestic Violence.10.06.2020

Anyone can  be a victim of Domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

With shocking statistics revealing that domestic violence has surged nationally since the start of the corona-virus lockdown, VAC’s Safeguarding Lead talks to Brian Reilly, Training manager at the National Centre for Domestic Violence.

This award-winning free service allows anyone who has recently suffered or been threatened with domestic abuse or violence to apply for an emergency court injunction, usually issued within 24 hours of making contact.

They work in close partnership with the police, solicitors and other support agencies such as Refuge and Women’s Aid to help victims obtain speedy protection. Please email Brian Reilly at brian.reilly@ncdv.org.uk for information and training for your organisation.

Listen here: 

Please see: www.ncdv.org.uk for more information.


COVID-19: National FGM Centre Podcast

In our first series of interviews, VAC’s Safeguarding Lead talks to Leethen Bartholomew, Head of The National FGM Centre, about the rise in Domestic Violence and child neglect cases, emerging stories of faith groups promoting and selling Covid-19 protection and miracle cures and the recent data that black, Asian and ethnic minorities are being dis proportionally effected by Covid-19.
He also offers advise to professionals and safeguarding leads who may be supporting BME communities, in terms of surviving the lock-down and the pandemic as a whole.
All referrals relating to FGM, abuse linked to faith and belief, breast flattening and other harmful practices, should be made through the usual safeguarding routes, designated safeguarding leads, children’s social care or the police.
Listen to the podcast here:

Infographic – Covid 19 and Harmful Practices

Useful Resources

The National FGM Centre
Hestia – Support adults and children in times of crisis