By Shelley Marsh

Yesterday evening, Reshet, together with the Jewish Leadership Council and UJIA, launched a Jewish Community Safeguarding position paper. Nick Donaldson, Head of Faith Engagement at the Charity Commission, highlighted that safeguarding is the key priority for the charity commission, thanking the community for recognizing the importance of this aspect of our work. Based on the Jewish value of ‘Kol Yisrael arevim ze b’ze’ ‘all of Israel is responsible for each other’ this work is more than policies and their implementation. Communal safeguarding involves our approach to the vulnerable as well as our ability to act appropriately.

With that in mind I am delighted to present the paper for your information here. Reshet is the only organization of its kind with the sole focus of ensuring that high quality educational training and support is provided to every informal Jewish educator and organization.

The paper includes these key areas:

  • Child protection and safeguarding
  • Keeping our community safe
  • Reshet’s training provision

Safeguarding is a key priority nationally and we are proud to be at the forefront of raising the bar and highlighting this within the UK Jewish community.

Today we held the third annual Reshet Conference. Over 120 informal educators and communal leaders joined in the conversation about the future of Jewish youth work provision in our community.

A key piece of learning I took from the conference is that Jewish Youth Provision is constantly evolving and is essential to young people’s growth and development. We must move with the times to keep relevant and keep our young people safe.

If you would like to discuss safeguarding training and provision within your organization then please do get in touch. We all have a responsibility to the young people we work with to take this from good to great.

Reshet: the Network for Jewish Youth Provision, is a central hub, established by the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) in the United Kingdom. Reshet builds capacity and confidence in the provision and delivery of informal education to children and young people across the Jewish community. Such education is at the heart of the community with over 8,000 children and young people engaged on a weekly basis in enriching their Jewish identity and/or strengthening their relationship with Israel.

Shelley Marsh is is the Executive Director of Reshet.