Frequently Asked Questions
Why did the Government withdraw funding from CSEC?
The Coalition Government has to make public expenditure savings across a range of areas. Despite our best endeavours to make the case for the Child Safety Education Coalition (CSEC), we are sorry that as part of the savings to be made by the Department for Education (DfE), the Secretary for State for Education decided that Government funding for CSEC would cease at the end of December 2010.
Will there be any CSEC activities beyond 31st December 2010, such as newsletters and events?
No. Without Government funding we cannot afford the cost of the 9-strong CSEC team which coordinated projects, ran events and developed newsletters.
What is happening to CSEC staff?
Unfortunately, all CSEC staff will be redundant from the 31st December 2010. They are being given support to find new employment opportunities.
What will happen to the CSEC website?
RoSPA is prepared, for an indefinite period, to continue to host the CSEC website. This will ensure that all the information, research, resources and management tools that were developed by CSEC and its members remains freely available via the internet.
What will happen to CSEC projects?
The resources for CSEC projects are largely provided by member organisations. CSEC projects can therefore continue beyond 31st December 2010. However, they will lose the support of the central CSEC team.
What happens to the intellectual property that was developed by CSEC and its members?
Since CSEC was grant funded by a Government Department, everything developed by CSEC – the 'intellectual property' - is subject to Crown copyright. The Department for Education (DfE) is keen to make sure that everything developed by CSEC remains in the public domain and is freely available. No income can be generated from CSEC's intellectual property. As part of its commitment to continue to maintain the CSEC website, RoSPA is therefore entering into a licence agreement with Crown Copyright Controllers.
What will happen to the management tools developed by CSEC, such as the Core Competency Framework and the Resource Profiler?
These management tools will remain freely available to all via the CSEC website. They can be used as the basis for the development of new/enhanced tools (such as a sector-specific, rather than generic competency framework) that aren't subject to Crown Copyright.
How do we communicate with CSEC?
Contact Peter Cornall, Head of RoSPA's Leisure Safety Department via the CSEC channels of communication:
Telephone: 0121 248 2118 / 0121 248 2025
Can organisations still join up and become new members of CSEC?
Yes. All organisations are welcome to join although it is important to note that there won't be any CSEC activities such as general meetings after 31st December 2010.
What is happening to CSEC's physical assets?
These are primarily computers and mobile 'phones and they belong to the DfE. The cash value of such items is being depreciated over three years and since most items were bought 2 years ago, the net book value is relatively small. The DfE may decide to either redeploy the assets within the DfE, or donate them to charity.
What is being done to try to continue the work of CSEC and build on its achievements? Is CSEC going to continue after the 31st December 2010? What is RoSPA prepared to do in support of CSEC?
RoSPA is prepared to continue to host the CSEC website and to canvas opinion amongst CSEC members to establish the level of interest in continuing much of what has been achieved by CSEC. Early feedback suggests that CSEC members value, in priority order:
- Developing and sharing a common voice for use in the media and in its relationship with the Government.
- Sharing resources, best practice, networking events, a common website with an online discussion forum and regular newsletters.
- Field-based support and advice, from skilled co-coordinators.
Crown Copyright prevents the opportunity to generate income. However, some sustainable income is needed to provide a suite of member benefits. It therefore makes sense to create a new identity for a successor organisation to CSEC.
RoSPA will soon be canvassing the views of CSEC members on various options for creating such a not-for-profit member organisation.