Stop Look Listen

What's your Stop, Look, Listen pledge?

During National Safeguarding Week, we’re calling on all organisations working with young people to pledge to:

Organisations will have from the 25th to the 31st March to complete this review.

The change in 2019

UK Youth has changed Stop, Look, listen | National Safeguarding Month to Stop, Look, Listen | National Safeguarding Week.

Listening to our members we know that our work is demanding. So, committing to a month of social media campaigning is time consuming and challenging.

We hope by reducing this campaign to a week, we will collectively make a bigger impact and encourage more organisations to review their safeguarding processes and champion the work we do.

The need

Safeguarding young people has been a consistent issue within our society. In the recent year, a few topics have been recurring in mainstream news such as youth violence and knife crime. Although we know these are not ‘new’ concerns, there has been growing public concern about how to tackle these issues. This shows, more than ever, the importance of strong safeguarding policies and unity within organisations working with young people.

We need to STOP, LOOK and LISTEN to our young people.

We are responsible for creating the safe spaces needed to support these young people to build brighter futures and hopefully affect change on a local level.

A Place to Belong

The reportA Place To Belong, funded by the Co-op Foundation, collated data from youth workers across UK to explore the role of local youth organisations in addressing youth loneliness, focusing on the perspective of youth workers.

The research found that despite youth loneliness being widespread, young people seem to face barriers when talking about feeling lonely with 73% of youth workers disagreeing that the young people they work with actively seek help to tackle the problem.

Some other figures:

Despite living in our ever-connected world, young people need more support. For many, their local youth club is the only place that provides them with a trusted adult to confide in and access to the advice, support and guidance needed to feel safe and build bright futures.

But to stop young people feeling worried or stressed in a society where issues of grooming, online peer pressure, extremism and hate crimes are rising, many youth services need to be supported with additional safeguarding resources and training to keep young people safe.

How you can get involved

Help keep all young people safe:

Download our resources

We have a range of #StopLookListen19 resources to help you. Simply click on the below links to download:

What is UK Youth doing?

As well as launching a National Safeguarding campaign, #StopLookListen19, to help raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding, we’ve taken the positive approach to support our membership and work with colleagues across the youth sector to help strengthen the quality of their services through training, accreditation, resources and expert advice. We have a range of products available to support all organisations working with young people to help set a benchmark and support the delivery of a minimum level of practice consistent with operating a safe organisation. These include:

In response to our members’ need for increased training to safeguard their young people, we designed UK Youth Safe Spaces framework to set a minimum level of practice consistent with operating a safe organisation. The framework covers issues including health and safety, data protection, safeguarding, child sexual exploitation, bullying and radicalisation.

FutureProof safeguards young people by equipping them with the critical thinking skills needed to stay safe. Our innovative programme, funded by the Monday Trust and Home Office, strengthens local youth services and upskills youth workers to better support young people to stay safe, cope with uncertainty and build vital life skills.

Our programme empowers youth workers to deal with the changing needs of young people and identify health and safety, safeguarding, grooming and radicalisation risks.

For more information, contact: Kate.Davidson@ukyouth.org