As a part of the club’s ongoing efforts to improve their safeguarding standards and encourage other organisations to train their staff to do the same, Crystal Palace held a workshop at Selhurst Park on Wednesday for businesses to find out how they can keep children and vulnerable adults in Croydon safe from harm or abuse.
The event saw the launch of the ‘Triple C Partnership’ (CPFC, Croydon Safeguarding Boards and Croydon Council), with the aim being to combine the skills, expertise, networking and business links of all three organisations. The message from the partnership was not only be about keeping people safe, but also looking for ways to give everyone the best opportunities possible.
Aimed at business leaders and strategic decision makers, the workshop included a tour of Selhurst Park and provided details of how the businesses can access free accredited training. There was also a production by the Chicken Shed Theatre Group demonstrating how individuals can make a difference to protect those at risk of harm, plus presentations by Steve Hall, the Local Authority Designated Officer, Zoe Barkham, the lead for Croydon’s healthy schools programme, as well as the club and the Palace for Life Foundation.
Palace has always taken its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously, particularly with regard the work it does with young people. Both the club and its Foundation have committed to train all of their staff, stewards and players to the enhanced Level 2 Safeguarding standard, involving a full day of workshops and tutorials.
Eagles Chief Executive, Phil Alexander said: “This is another example of the club working in conjunction with Croydon Council to bring the community together, and this important project will see us all co-operating to raise awareness of safeguarding issues across the borough.
“The club was delighted to host the launch event and it’s been a really great opportunity for us to share ideas and learn more about how we can achieve the aim of having a secure and quality workplace.”
Councillor Flemming said: “Safeguarding is absolutely fundamental to high-quality health and social care. This is everybody’s responsibility, and local employers have a big part to play in making sure their staff understand what they can and should do to prevent anyone coming to harm.”
On Triple C, Sarah Baker, independent chair of both Croydon’s Adults and Children’s safeguarding boards added: “This partnership brings together influential partners from across Croydon and demonstrates everyone’s commitment to safeguarding children and adults at risk.”
Donna Kingsley from the Croydon Safeguarding Children’s Board compared the event and was instrumental in bringing this event together from concept to delivery. She said: “We received lots of pledges from the delegates who attended. It seems this initiative has started a culture change in business which will help to improve outcomes for children and vulnerable adults”.
For more information visit www.croydonlcsb.org.uk.