CAPE is a professional network for people who support education establishments in their safeguarding responsibilities. Its geographical base is the north of England, but a few members who do not have access to similar groups in their area come from further afield
CAPE provides support, networking opportunities and an independent voice for a range of professionals. They include trainers, officers in local authorities and voluntary organisations, independent consultants or similar and many work closely with, or are members of, Local Safeguarding Children Boards
CAPE members meet at least once a term, with the purpose of promoting and developing good child protection and safeguarding practice in education at both local and national level. It organises a popular annual conference that is always well received and is one of the four member organisations of the Safer Recruitment Consortium. It contributes to the development of national policy and has also recently taken part in the development of a National Operational Framework for Children and Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviours, led by the NSPCC
CAPE has no officers, committee, paid staff, or base: our members host, chair and administer meetings in rotation. Members work individually and in groups to share good practice, update and develop materials, respond to consultations, influence the development of current policies and practice, or organise national conferences and training events as the need arises
CAPE welcomes applications for membership from people in similar roles who are interested in contributing to or expanding our work and are able to reach meetings in the North of England. Please get in touch via the membership application page.