Subteranean Jeep

A quote from the Guardian today that is amusing me:
“But we do fear for the future of our hobby. Eventually, trail riding could be driven underground”.
The article, here, is about 4×4’s and Motorbikes having access to off-road trails in national parks. Apparently the number of routes are diminishing and the TRF (Trail Riders Fellowship) are promoting what they do and actively campaigning. Hence the concern that their sport will be “driven underground!
I need to deliver a lecture today while my head is occupied with the mental image of someone pot-holing in a Jeep Cherokee!

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  1. Or could it be some sci-fi future glimpsed…
    They could go underground before global warming drives the rest of us? I’m always reminded of ‘hollow earth’ stories when I here of something being ‘driven underground’…

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ISA Registration will be needed to work with young people

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Although the idea of some sort of registration for youth and children’s volunteers and employed workers has been around for a LONG time, I was gob-smacked to find it’s arrived. The Independent Safeguarding authority web site says there will be a ministerial announcement imminently and the process will begin. All volunteers and workers will need to be ISA registered and cleared, a process that will happen through the CRB system. Roll-out of this will be this year but I’m not sure when?
Thankfully ISA membership will be portable and the registering is going to be phased, started with new people BUT this is massive and I wouldn’t want to be a Diocesan Youth Adviser with the work/flak this may create. (Doh, just remembered I am one!)
Anyway: Hurrah that it helps to protect young people but aaarrrghghgh for the process, and ‘woa’ about how much by surprise it’s taken me.
Public information roadshows explaining the role of the ISA are taking place across the country. Find your nearest roadshow and register to attend.
March 6 Cardiff
March 19 London
April 10 Liverpool
Not quite the licence we speculated about but it will be interesting to see if there’s a future conversation that links registration to training.

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  1. whoah! That was a broadside from nowhere……suddenly we will all be pulling our hair out at more administration.
    Thanks for the heads up Ian…..off to research a bit now

  2. This has been on the go for a while now – I posted briefly here http://timabbott.typepad.com/timabbott/2007/11/independent-saf.html. It originally had the fearsome title of “Vetting and Barring” which sounds like the Spanish Inquisition!
    I really hope it works as intended because it could make things so much easier. Not only can any organisation check to see if someone is ok to work with children, but the information is constantly updated and organisations with concerns about an individual will be able to feed this back to the ISA. However, amongst the waves of hope are some grey areas of concern about who qualifies for access to these records and who can update the information with concerns and how updating information is evaluated.
    And it won’t replace CRB checks. Oh joy!! More forms to fill in! Still, it has the potential to be a good thing.

  3. we have been talking about it here in Rochester Diocese for about a year now. They are saying it is going to be launched this autumn, but that remains to be seen. there is going to be staggered registration period depending on how old your current CRB is…
    every person working with children and young people in any capacity has to be on the register…
    I would love to know if any other country does this!

  4. Of course, they could have just made the CRB portable and continually updatable, like it was originally supposed to be.
    “Big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ’em. Little fleas have smaller fleas and so ad infinitum.”
    And so too with umbrella organisations.

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New National Occupational Standards for Youth work

core .jpgThe new Occupational Standards are finally released (yay) and you can find them here.
Initial reading looks like they encompass a greater number of skills BUT the emphasis on “and community” in youth and community work seems to have been dialled back and although 3.2.1 is “Engage with the local community” ….. the symbiosis between youth and community work seems to be missing IMHO.
During the consultation phase a number of us had been keen to see ‘spirituality’ finding a place and as Mark pointed out, (thanks) it’s Section 1.1.4 ‘Encourage the spiritual development of young people’

I like the layout and the way that the individual standards are broken down into “Outcomes” “Behaviours” and “Knowledge and understanding!” This should be helpful in training as it’s a useful matrix for reflection and evidencing.
The purpose of youth work as stated in the document is:

“Enable young people to develop holistically, working with them to facilitate their personal, social and educational development, to allow them to develop their voice, influence and place in society and reach their full potential”

I only got to see a copy last night which is a challenge as tomorrow I’m lecturing at Ruskin on Social Exclusion and now have very little time to absorb the new NOS into the section on policy, practice and intervention in ‘youth and community work’ BUT hey ho, ‘if you can’t take a joke you shouldn’t have joined’*

*one of my maxims for life.

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Weekend of Activity

I had a fun weekend! On Friday night I was out in Chesham at a tween’ group at a Fairtrade chocolate evening and enjoying just being rather than having any specific responsibility. In the last half hour though there were quite a few young people who were getting restless so I popped out to the car to get my emergency-run-a-session-in any-situation-bag. A lot of fun (or Chaos) as we did some balloon modelling. Simo is the expert on this in the diocese but the Young People seemed very happy with trying to make the classic “is it a giraffe is it a poodle?” model with the braver attempting a “parrot in a perch”* (I found the picture of the dino’ on Marko, there’s a model I’d like to try!).
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Saturday saw me leading a discussion on a benefice away day on engaging with young people, helping the assembled group to think what building on their work with young people might look like. It was a rural benefice of 9 churches and although their engagement with adolescents was limited they had much to build on. One thing that REALLY impressed me was that in one of their Churches there were “Junior Church Wardens” ….. cool huh!
Last night I was at a great meet-in-a-home type group and leading a session on parents. As per the ‘magpie’ image in the post where I flagged this up, I nicked quite a few people’s ideas and will post the session later in case it proves useful to anyone else.
*the parrot in a perch is just a parrot in a circular stand-on perch, not some Damien-Hurst-esque partialliy digested bird inside the guts of a transluscent fish type deal.

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  1. We did a great session on the theme of parents for 11-14s over a year ago. I can only remember this activity which led us to discuss what our parents should decide for us. We had a wall labelled ‘my parents can decide this for me’ and one labelled ‘my parents can’t decide this for me’. They then each had a set of slips of paper with things like ‘time on the internet’ ‘when i do my homework’ etc and a piece of bluetac. They had a few minutes to stick each slip on the wall they thought it should go on. I also colour coded the slips of paper so we could see at a glance if the young people generally agreed with each other.(i.e. all ‘time on the internet’ slips were red)
    The young people loved it, and it led to a good discussion afterwards.

  2. Parents are human too!
    I remember defending a lay reader in an URC church as he talked about family within the christian ideal – and the argument was that a friend argued that there might have been folk there who had less than perfect parents.
    The defence? I had rather pointedly listened to the sermon and it had included the very big caveat that not all have perfect parents but that we can talk about how family should be, within the christian teachings…

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Random Bible tag

bible_light_above_md_wht.gifAlice tagged me on a Biblical type thread. My reply below and feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to blog this one
1 What translation of the Bible do you like best?
Er, the NIV (and particularly the one with ALL my notes in) for study, The NLT when I’m working with Teens, The Message for it’s idiom and energy and the KJV for using the word “dung” in Philipians (the NIV loses marks here IMHO for translating the word as “rubbish”)
2. Old or New Testament?

Difficult to understand one without the other (he remarks in a slightly piously theological smart-alec way) but on balance it has to be the NT as there’s less that just plains weirds me out)


3. Favorite Book of the Bible?

“It’s all good” quote Rev Lovejoy ….. but if pushed, John!
4. Favorite Chapter?
John 1

5. Favorite Verse? (feel free to explain yourself if you have to)


Not sure I’m comfortable anymore with lifting verses out of their context so my answer to this one is the same as above, John chapter 1


6. Bible character you think you’re most like?


Timothy (apart from the obvious chronological non tie-up, i.e he was young)


7. One thing from the Bible that confuses you?

The Old Testament and Revelation
8. Moses or Paul?
Both

9. A teaching from the Bible that you struggle with or don’t get?

The trinity (I mean I kind of do but at the same time I’m convinced that anyone who says they REALLY gets it means that they don’t)

10. Coolest name in the Bible?
Habakkuk (which I seem to remember can mean “embraced” or “garden vegetable”)

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  1. them were sincere when they toughht that the KJV was the best translation. Were they ignorant? Perhaps some were, but many were not. There is enough room in the Church for people who prefer KJV or other translations; enough room for different musical preferences whether hymns, traditional, or contemporay music. We worship the same God, are enjoying the same grace and forgiveness, and eventually will share Heaven together. Let us share a bit of heaven here on earth, even if no one else does. Let us just respect and accept each other for our differences for how we respect people who disagree with us tells the world a great deal about ourselves. May God’s love and grace shine through us all, in spite of, and because of, our differences. May God bless you.

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