Events & Training

Future In Mind Third Sector Meetings

Get involved in shaping local services - The Voluntary and Community Sector are invited to attend monthly meetings to receive updates and share perspectives on the progress of Future in Mind in Wakefield District.

Dates: May 4th 10am to 11am, June 8th. The meetings are hosted at the CCG, Wakefield. Please contact for further information.

For further information about Future In Mind Wakefield click here


Basic Awareness in Safeguarding Children

Training for those wanting to learn more or complete a refresher to develop their awareness of safeguarding children and young people, raise awareness on the signs and symptoms of abuse and what to do if you are worried about a child. The course is designed for people delivering services to children and young people, for example people running and volunteering wihin community organisations.

Dates: 11th June. Sessions run from 9.30am to 12.30 pm. Venues to be confirmed.

Please contact for further information.


Introduction to the Resilience Framework

Come along and find out more about the Resilience Framework and how the framework can complement your activities, find out about the tools, for example the Converstional tool kit and how you can use this tool to assist children and young people to strengthen their voice when decisions are being made about them. There are also online resources to assist with ideas for sessions, evidence impact of your work, and programmes of work.

Dates: June 16th. Sessions run from 9.30am to 3.00pm. Venues to be confirmed. FREE

Please contact for further information.


Safeguarding Raising Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

Saturday 2nd July, 10am to 1pm FREE

The Young Lives Wakefield Safeguarding Children Reference Board are hosting a free event aimed at Third Sector organisations in the Wakefield district around safeguarding children at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Key speakers draw on the latest evidence and practice to share their expertise and assist organisations achieve a shared understanding, as well as looking at proactive and robust policies and procedures in this area.

Speakers include:

Janice Hawkes - VCS rep Safeguarding Children Board

Kevin Robinson - Barnardos CSE worker

Cath Knibbs - PEERS, Psychotherapy and Counselling for Children and Young People (Trauma, Abuse, and Attachement)

Denise Wheatman - Publice Health, Resilience Framework Wakefield; exploring key protective factors and competencies that organsations can use to assist children and young people to develop.

To book your place, download a booking form here and return to

If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact  


Young Lives Network - Focus: Advocacy

14th June, 6pm to 8pm venue to be confirmed

Many third sector groups take on the role of an advocate with children, young people, and families.

If you provided support for people who are not your family or one of your friends you might be providing some type of advocacy support.

This network event aims to provide the opportunity to consider how you may be providing advocacy, support for your organisation with advocacy, best practice, and how might your organisation contribute to strengthening the voices of children and young people and ensure they are included in decisions around things that matter to them.

Download our Advocacy checklist here

Download the agenda and outcomes here

Download a booking form here

If you have any queries, or would like further information, please contact


Young Lives Drop In

Drop in to YLC to access the Resilience library, access NOVA Assist with a facilitator or book a session to look at the Safeguarding Audit.

May 13th, and July 15th, 10am to 12pm. Due to capacity, please contact us at to book a slot.


Young Lives Reference Group

Supporting communication between the VCS and the local Safeguarding Children Board.

25th April 2pm, August 18th, November 16th

Please contact for further information.


Domestic Abuse - Through the Eyes of a Child

‘developing awareness of the full impact of domestic abuse and the impact on the behaviours of children’

Delivered by the Rosalie Ryrie Foundation, the session aims to aid participants to understand the signs and symptoms of domestic violence, the complexities and how to respond.

Dates are as follows:

10 June 2016, 10am to 1pm, 16th June 2016, 6pm to 9pm, 9th September 2016, 10am to 1pm, 20th October 2016, 6pm to 9pm

Download the agenda and learning outcomes here

Download a booking form here

There will be a charge which will go to the RRF

If you have any queries or would like more information please contact


Trustees: Induction to Young Lives

Dates to be confirmed

Induction session for new and prospective trustees to Young Lives to share best practice and learn from one another.


If you have an idea, a skill you want to share or would like to host a session please get in touch with Thank you.