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Children and Young People Resources

This page contains links to the key resources available for free download.

Online guidance and advice

Take a look at our Online Guidance and Advice section where you will find everything you need to know about starting up and running a community organisation. We have a dedicated 'Children and Young People in Community Centres' section which includes information sheets on topics from starting up an after school club to CRB checks and sample safeguarding policy statements.


Asset Management case studies

Read case studies that illustrate how two different community groups tackled the asset management process.


Commissioning and procurement

Commissioning and Consortia Resources 

A Return to Ancient Truths

In this free resource we explore the commissioning of youth services through collaborative and consortia-based approaches. Produced with FPM and CHYPS.

from our current programme of work are available to download here

Commissioning and the Community Sector (2009)

A free resource written by Kindle for community sector organisations to help them better understand how local authority commissioners are working to improve outcomes for children, young people and families and how they can make themselves “commissioning ready”. This publication was written with the Commissioning Support Programme and a range of supporting resources is available to download from their website.

Commissioning and the Big Society (2010)

A free resource written by Kindle  for commissioners to encourage and support them to work with and engage community organisations in the process of commissioning.


At Your Bidding

A guide by NAVCA published in partnership with the Local Government Association for charity trustees about commissioning and tendering for public services outlining the issues to consider and decisions that trustees have to make regarding bidding for service contracts. It also describes that steps that trustees need to take to make sure their organisation is tender and contract ready.



Safeguarding Made Easy

A free and simple safeguarding guide for community organisations – covering what you must do, should do and could do to keep children, young people, vulnerable adults and your staff, volunteers,and  trustees safe.

More for Children

More for Children, written by Children England & Safe Network, is designed to provide information about the impending changes to safeguarding as a result of Munro and the forthcoming consultation on a new Working Together that  resonates with the voluntary and community sectors current experience.


The Home Office send out a regular newsletter detailing guidance on progress around safeguarding. Visit the website to sign up and receive information directly.


The Charity Commission have a new strategy around safeguarding, which is a valuable and informative read for anyone running a voluntary sector organisation working with children or vulnerable adults. You can read the strategy here.



NCVO collaboration to generate income guide

This guide looks at how you can attract funds by joint working, and explores the different ways of working together in order to generate income for sustainability


BusinessLink guide to financing your social enterprise

This guide is a quick introduction to the different forms of funding available for social enterprises, including grants, loans and social investment.



Low cost fundraising training:
The Small Charities Coalition 

Social Investment Demystified from KnowHowNonProfit

For a more voluntary-sector based approach to social investment, have a look at this comprehensive guide to the different forms of investment available, available free.  



Sustainability and strategy



Youth organisation social franchising manual

Thiis tailored, practical guide by Social Enterprise UK is for youth organisations looking to grow and strengthen their impact through social franchising. This how-to guide provides a general introduction to replication, and covers the basics, how to decide on a suitable approach for your organisation, to more practical steps for putting replication into action.

Accessing and Securing Finance Presentation

Download this presentation from the Social Enterprise and Community Matters 'Business and Enterprise' Event



Evaluating your Impact

Download this presentation from the Social Enterprise and Community Matters 'Business and Enterprise' Event


Business Planning

 Download the Community Matters business plan template free.



Community Matters free participatory business planning tool Can You Plan It? is available for download now. See our dedicated pages for more information.


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