Links

Here you will find a selection helpful websites that you may find useful if you work with children and young people.

 

Sources of Information

You can also use the following link to download a list of useful sources of information Sources of information

 

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4Children

4Children works with Government, local authorities, primary care trusts, children's service providers, and children and parents to ensure joined up support for all children and young people aged 0-19 in their local community.
From children's centres to extended schools, childcare to play provision, parenting support to support for young people - 4Children is at the forefront of delivery and supporting innovative children's services, ensuring that all children and families get the support they need in their community.
http://www.4children.org.uk/

AbilityNet

AbilityNet works with community organisations across the country so that they can support your computer use with advice and information as well as being able to show you some specialist software and hardware.  They have links with centres in Yorkshire and Humberside.  They can particularly help disabled people with computer access.   Visit the website to find out more.
www.abilitynet.org.uk

Action for Children

Action for Children, formerly NCH, is a national children’s charity that supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK.  Thee are useful links on the website to policy and research.
http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

Action4kids

Action For Kids (AFK) is a national charity working with children and young people with physical and learning disabilities and their parents and carers. They help to transform young lives by removing the barriers to independence. Disabled young people can contact them for work related learning to develop skills for employment, charitable volunteering or community participation. They focus on children's abilities, providing a positive supporting environment in which to develop confidence.
http://www.actionforkids.org/

Advice for under 25s

Citizens Advice has launched a new website that aims to provide support, advice and information to young people under 25. Last year young people under the age of 25 sought help from Citizens Advice on nearly three quarters of a million problems. Amazingly, eighty per cent of their problems related to just four issues: debt, benefits, housing and employment. They have hand picked the most relevant information and put it in one place in the website which you can visit at:
http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/advice4me.htm

Ambitious about Autism

 Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and influence policy. We exist to enable children and young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve. Through TreeHouse School we provide specialist education.  Our ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism.
http://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/page/index.cfm

Askability

This is a website that says it with pictures and provides disabled children with access to local and national news, film, sports, music reviews, and other fun stuff they'd normally be excluded from
https://www.askability.org.uk

Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)

You can access a variety of free online publications from the ACEVO website which cover a variety of topics. There also guides available, such as a Good Governance Guide. To download your copy of these free publications visit the Website:
http://www.acevo.org.uk/Page.aspx?pid=1519

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Barnardos

This site has news, events and current affairs relating to young people, as well as policies and research.
http://www.barnardos.org.uk/resources.htm

Barrier Busting

The Communities and Local Government department has launched a new website where individuals, charities and community groups can ask for help in overcoming bureaucratic obstacles to their work. The Barrier Busting website aims to help people setting up or running local community projects submit queries about regulations, such as by-laws or health and safety rules, that hinder them in their work. Local authorities can also use the website to report any barriers, unnecessary bureaucracy or burdens they come across in the course of their business, in exactly the same way as individuals and community groups.
The queries will be answered by the barrier busting team of civil servants. You can log your problem on the barrier busting website and you are given an ID number so that you can track the progress of your case online.
http://barrierbusting.communities.gov.uk/

British Youth Council

The British Youth Council (BYC) is led by young people for young people, aged 25 and under, across the UK.  We connect with our community of member organisations and network of Local Youth Councils to empower young people to have a say and be heard.  BYC provides a range of services to develop and support individual young people, youth-led member organisations and organisations wanting to involve young people in their work
http://www.byc.org.uk/

 Building a stronger civil society

The Government has set up a website to help individuals and organisations respond to its Supporting a Stronger Civil Society consultation on improving support for frontline civil society organisations. You can download the consultation documents, sign up for email updates and also respond by completing an online survey. The deadline for responses is 6 January 2011. Visit the website at:
http://www.strongercivilsociety.org.uk/ 

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Career Pilot

This website helps young people with choices at 14, 16 and 18. They can explore different job sectors and learn how they can study and work at the same time - to university level.
http://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO)

The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO) is a dynamic new organisation, developed for the children's sector, from the children's sector. C4EO identifies and coordinates local, regional and national evidence of 'what works', to create a single and comprehensive picture of effective practice in delivering children's services. Using this information, C4EO offers support to local authorities and their Children's Trust partners, working with them to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families
http://www.c4eo.org.uk/

Centre for Intergenerational Practice (CIP)

The Centre for Intergenerational Practice (CIP) aims to support the development and promotion of intergenerational practice as a catalyst for social change; the Centre is an initiative of the Beth Johnson Foundation. Through its funding sources and partners, it seeks to provide expert support to develop intergenerational practice across the UK and Europe
The Centre aims to support managers, practitioners and volunteers in the Voluntary and Community Sector, policy makers, and regional and national government to develop more cohesive communities by:
• promoting intergenerational practice as an effective mechanism to improve the understanding and relationships between people of different generations and cultures
• developing the evidence base and understanding of intergenerational practice at national, regional and local levels
• to develop a Learning and Development model to support Local Authorities in progressing their intergenerational programmes and plans in a climate of diminishing financial support
Visit the website to find out more:
http://www.centreforip.org.uk/

Change 4 Life programme

The Change 4 Life programme aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity for children and young people and their families. There have been adverts on TV about the campaign. Have a look at the website which includes useful links to local activities in your area and you will also be able to advertise what your group is doing. There is also some information for practitioners and leaflets and posters to download.
www.nhs.uk/Change4life/Pages/PartnerTools.aspx

Charity Builder UK

Charity Builder UK is an interactive service that will help you to manage HR and Health & Safety. It is provided free of charge to all charities and not-for-profit groups. CBUK helps you produce documents such as contracts, policies and job descriptions and because the content is written by lawyers you'll be kept up to date with any changes in legislation. You'll also find practical guides to insurance, governance and volunteering. Register now and benefit from the peace of mind CBUK brings. CBUK is funded and managed as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme by Tennyson Insurance, the experts.
http://www.gmcvo.org.uk/node/1911

 

Charity Comms

Charity Comms are the new professional body for charity sector communications from internal communications and publishing to media relations, marketing communications and new media, as well as reputation and crisis management.  They want to help those responsible for communications both internally and externally.  It is for anyone whose communications role is integral to the success of their charity, seeking to support communications staff and volunteers working in large and small charities, non-governmental organisations and other relevant areas in the UK.
http://www.charitycomms.org.uk/

Charity Commission

On this site you can search the register of charities and find quick links to useful information.  Charities can complete annual returns, enter and change details, and send the Trustees annual report. 
http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/

Charity Evaluation Service (CWS)

CES is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It aims to strengthen the voluntary sector through offering free and below-cost support and services to charities and community organisations. Amongst other services they offer: free advice, free technical coaching for small organisations, free customised training programmes for small community organisations serving marginalised communities, subsidised open training in self-evaluation and quality assurance, customised 'in house' training in self-evaluation and quality assurance, publications.
http://www.ces-vol.org.uk/

Charity SRI

Charity SRI website provides information and resources on Responsible Investment - what it is, reasons for doing it and how to go about it. Responsible Investment is about aligning investments with mission and incorporating social, environmental and ethical issues into investments. It is also known as ethical or socially responsible investment (SRI). This website is for charities so that staff and trustees can find out why Responsible Investment is relevant for your charity and how to implement it.
http://www.charitysri.org/

Children and Young People Now

For everyone working with children and young people.
http://www.cypnow.co.uk/

Children England

Membership is open to all voluntary organisations working with children, young people and families across England.  They are a membership organisation for the children, young people and families voluntary sector and their mission is to create a fairer world for children, young people and families by championing the voluntary organisations which work on their behalf.
www.childrenengland.org.uk/

The Children's Legal Centre

The Children's Legal Centre is a unique, independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people. It has many years of experience in providing legal advice and representation to children, their carers and professionals throughout the UK
http://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/ 

Children's Link

Children's Links exists to improve the quality of children's, parent's and families' life experiences. We pride ourselves on our professional workforce and our expertise across many areas of service delivery for children, young people, families and communities. In working with Children's Links you can be assured that the services delivered are focussed on user needs, responsive and tailored for each individual area. If your organisation works with children, young people, their families and / or communities, Children's Links can offer support around all aspects of service delivery. Our range of services include Workforce Development, Play Development, Childcare Settings, Childcare Business Support, Sector Support, Family Services, Children's Services, Participation, Parenting, Youth Inclusion, Play Activities, Play Ranger Services, Evaluation, Research and many more. Visit the website at:
http://www.childrenslinks.org.uk/ 

Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE)

CRAE protects the human rights of children by lobbying government and others who hold power by supporting test cases.  They provide free legal information and advice, raise awareness of children’s human rights and undertake research about children’s access to their rights.  They mobilise others to take action.
http://www.crae.org.uk

Children's Society

The Children's Society is a leading national charity that works to make childhood better for all children in the UK. They have networks of community based projects and also carry out work in schools. They say that their research and campaigning creates a change by influencing thinking of the public, politicians and decision makers. Visit their website to find out more:
http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/

Community Matters

A national federation of community organisations.
http://www.communitymatters.org.uk/

Confederation of Heads of Young People's Services (CHYPS)

The Confederation of Heads of Young People's Services (CHYPS) is the national association for leaders and senior managers in Integrated Youth Support Services. The Confederation represents the interests and advocates on behalf of the heads and senior managers responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of all elements of Integrated Youth Support Services (IYSS). Visit the website at:
http://www.chyps.org.uk/ 

Connect Online

A free resource for everyone working with Muslim Youth. This is a new website which aims to bring together all those who work with Muslim young people and aims to be 'the one-stop shop for those working with Muslim youth'. The Connect Online website is an expansion of the highly successful quarterly newsletter Connect, which has developed into a resource providing news, a blog, articles, projects, videos, research and policy information, and many other resources for those working with Muslim youth. For more information please visit the website at:
www.connectonline.org.uk

Contact a Family

They are a UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children. It includes a directory of illnesses and medical conditions, information about benefits and an area for professionals.
http://www.cafamily.org.uk/

Compact Voice

Compact Voice is the voice of the voluntary sector on the Compact - an agreement between the sector and the Government to ensure better working together. They provide training and resources, and represent the sector's concerns to the government. The website has news, resources, news and events sections.
http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/

CTN the Trustee Network

This is a site for trustees that enables trustees of voluntary and community organisations to network.  They also organise events to support trustees.  Membership is free and trustees will receive a free bi-monthly e-newsletter.  It does look useful.
 http://www.trusteenet.org.uk/homepage

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Department of Education

This is the website that replaced the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) website in May 2010. You will find information about
• Children's workforce
• Employers 
• School governors
• Local authorities
• Parents and carers
• Early years workforce
• Schools workforce
• Young people 
It also includes publications, consultations, finding an educational establishment and a link to the old DCSF website.