Charity offers free HR advice

The charity Young Lives has set up a free service offering voluntary sector organisations advice and guidance on human resources issues.

The charity, which supports voluntary organisations and charities working with young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, came up with the scheme after a survey of its members showed that there was widespread support for an HR service.

Organisations can contact an HR officer at Young Lives who will visit their premises to advise on issues such as recruitment and training. The officer will also assess members' HR policies to ensure they are up to date. Three of Young Lives' 105 members have already used the service.

The service means charities do not have to spend money in order to ensure they have suitable HR policies in place.

Angela Haylock, HR officer for Young Lives, said the high profile case of the murder of two young girls in Soham, Cambridgeshire, had demonstrated the importance of having the correct recruitment procedures in place when voluntary organisations selected people to work with children and young people.

"We will shortly be offering training around all aspects of recruiting people safely into this area of work," she said. " The need for this training was most recently illustrated by the Soham case and the findings and recommendations contained in the Bichard Inquiry Report into the case."

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