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This section provides a list of resources and information. Each resource has been classified according to the category heading.

Following the launch of the much talked about Charity Digital Skills Report, which revealed that many UK charities are still struggling to get to grips with digital, Skills Platform and Zoe Amar Communications have launched the Charity Digital Toolkit.

The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales and they have created 'a straightforward framework of good practice which includes the relevant regulatory requirements'.

The Learning Exchange is a network for extra-curricular practitioners and other professionals working with children and young people. It aims to give practitioners an online space to share knowledge, discuss issues, and be inspired.

The Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is a partnership between all agencies, organisations and services in Lewisham with responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Information, guidance and tools that help schools design a curriculum can be found at National Curriculum online.

When working with schools, it is useful to understand how the school system in England works.

On cultural value in the UK

Theory of Change is used widely to think about impact, risks and bigger goals

When surveyed, 97% of small businesses claimed visual content is important to their marketing strategy. 'Images can be a great help in communicating your message, but it’s crucial it’s done right!' says the Technology Trust.

ArtWorks commissioned research into the perspective of employers, commissioners and hirers of artists working in participatory settings.

This unit by The Open University encourages you to develop your reflection of children’s environments and provides opportunities for you to investigate and evaluate young children’s experiences and your role in supporting them.

This study considers, amongst other things, 'What is the impact of young people's participation in structured arts activities on their learning outcomes?'

Research which maybe of interest if you work with children, especially those in arts education and learning

A selection of useful links from our Early Years Speech and Language event last month, with thanks to Jo Lewins, Speech & Language Specialist in Lewisham.

In spring 2011 LEAN in partnership with Voluntary Action Lewisham (VAL) organised a workshop examining the safety implications of using new technologies to engage with children and young people. Some resources from this workshop by expert in the field, Chris Atkinson, are available for you to download.

Guide to using volunteers in the arts

A little about Arts Award and how the children you work with can get involved.

ArtsMark celebrates schools which embed arts and culture.

Plan ahead, know when the school holidays are

The Arts Council publication ‘Artists Working in partnership with Schools’ sets out clear guidelines and suggested measures that can be applied to commissioning, planning and delivery of education work in schools.

Impact measurement is rightly very topical at the moment; it is of course vital to consider how you assess the impact you make through your work.

More and more organisations are self-evaluating the work that they do, with a greater emphasis on assessing their outcomes and impact. This means collecting data.