Sound Systems Accreditation
The Sound Systems Accreditation scheme is a way in which organisations can critically examine their own policies and practices around safeguarding, measure them against the recommended standards and work towards reaching those standards.
It encourages, promotes and accredits good practice in accordance with the Keeping it Safe standards which fall into the following categories:
organisational policies and procedures;
reporting concerns, suspicions and allegations;
safe recruitment and selection;
managing paid and volunteer staff;
providing education training and support; and
providing safe activities.
Sound Systems works differently to many accreditation schemes in that it offers extensive support to an organisation wishing to achieve the standards. You will be assigned a mentor who will help you set action plans and targets with realistic time scales when working towards the standards.
Once you and your mentor feel you have achieved the standards, you will be allocated an assessor who will analyse the portfolio of evidence you have compiled. Because the accreditation scheme is not just about have the right polices and procedures written down, the assessor will also visit your organisation and chat to staff, volunteers, trustees and maybe young people and their parents to ensure they understand what the organisations does to keep its young people safe.
The assessor makes a recommendation as to your status which will be one of the following:
The recommendation will then go to the moderation board made up of assessors and NCVYS representation, who will decide on the award of the kitemark.
you can pass outright
pass with recommendations (when we make some minor suggestions as to possible improvements)
pass with conditions (when we will come back after an agreed period to make sure the additional requirements have been met
or failed to achieve the standards
You will then receive the nationally recognised logo which indicates that your organisation is committed to keeping young people safe. This will be useful for funding applications and when seeking to join membership organisations as well as attracting young people and parents to your organisation, and potential employees and volunteers.
For more information on the Sound Systems accreditation scheme, have a look at our information sheet or contact Isabelle King, Development Officer (Training and Accreditation), on 020 7713 6074