We currently advise and develop new websites for 12 Local Safeguarding Children & Adult Boards clients. If you’ve not familiar with what the Boards do, each is made up of statutory and voluntary partners, representatives from Health, Children’s or Adult’s Services, Police, Probation, the Community and Voluntary members. Their main role is to coordinate what is done locally to protect and promote the welfare of children and young people or adults in the local authority area. Each board monitors the effectiveness of the services, holding those organisations to account.
One of their main priorities is easily communicating and sharing their strategy with interested professionals and consumers. The ability to bring together their core objectives and resources in one easily accessible place can really help in achieving this goal. As a result, a few days ago we brought to market a new digital and internet solution designed specifically for Adult and Children Local Safeguarding Boards in the UK.
The first client to have signed up is a group called The Sussex Child Protection Procedures, which is made up of the Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Boards. The group has been working with Phew Internet to update the website and launch the new procedures website on 27 October.
The new solution is designed to provide Safeguarding Boards with a modern, clean and interactive website, including an advanced search capability, which is easier and faster for both the in-house team to update themselves and for end users to navigate.
The unique digital and website structure presents Boards and their work in the most appropriate ways. The tried and trusted framework provides a large variety of options and scope for customisation, based on fully branded templates. With social media streams integrated into the functionality, and fully mobile and tablet compatible presented in an app-style format, each Safeguarding Board can ensure their digital presence is first-rate. Technical support and analysis of performance and activity are included in the package.
Marion Rajan, Local Safeguarding Children Board Manager at East Sussex said: “Phew Internet has been a strategic partner for us for some years now, supporting the Board with its website. We’re delighted with the new procedures solution – we felt restricted by our previous site and couldn’t offer the wealth of information we knew we had about what the Board does, to either professionals or families. Phew’s new digital solution means any Safeguarding Board can operate a contemporary, easy-to-use website, which we can update as we required, and will better enable us to convey and receive input about our work with the various audiences.”
Mia Brown, Business Manager at Brighton & Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board said: “Phew really understands our sector and how Boards like ours operate, supporting engagement with our different stakeholders in an appropriate digital way.”
Matthew Burgess, Phew Internet’s MD said: “Having worked for clients in this sector for over eight years, we knew there was a better way for Adult and Children Safeguarding Boards to communicate their services online. The capabilities we offer fully overcome a number of issues that we know our Safeguarding clients have experienced with their website, before working with us. Concerns about delays and complex updating processes at the client-end, poor user experiences including incompatibility with mobile and tablet devices, a lack of technical support and analysis of activity have all been addressed by us.”
In June 2015, an Ofsted report commented that “an accessible, informative and interactive website, featuring Twitter, allowed Brighton & Hove LSCB members and the chair to have a wide range of ongoing exchanges with the board’s audiences”. Phew Internet’s new service ensures that Boards can develop and run websites that are fit for purpose and generate ROI at a much faster rate than previously available in the marketplace.
If your Board is looking to review its digital strategy, we’ve put together a brochure for adult boards and for children’s boards which details additional information about what drives our focus in the Safeguarding industry. It also highlights our services and the role we can play in partnering with any board to deliver a new web presence or improve an existing one. Please contact me for an information discussion to see if we can help you.