Voluntary/ Community/ Faith/ Third Sector

The LSCP fully supports the Children’s Trust Board in promoting a restorative approach to working with children, young people and their families that will more consistently result in ‘the voice of the child’ being included in all interventions. Professionals in Leeds are challenged to implement a fundamental change to the relationship between Local Government and local citizens; from doing things to and for families to doing things with them. This is based on the following principles:

  • Never do nothing
  • Do the simple things well
  • Families need to be helped to help themselves through a mixture of high support with high challenge
  • Where children might otherwise be removed from their homes, families are supported to develop a safe alternative plan before such action is taken
  • Where a plan or decision needs to be made to help safeguard and promote the welfare of a child or children the family should be supported to help decide what needs to happen.

Third Sector (voluntary, community, faith) agencies make a huge contribution to supporting and enriching the lives of children and young people in Leeds. This section provides information for professionals and volunteers working in the sector to support working with children and young people. This is designed to help you keep up to date with developments in safeguarding practice and provides information across a range of issues and how to respond to them. A key part of this section sets out safeguarding policies and procedures that supports effective multi-agency working.

Policies and procedures provide the framework within which an organisation and its staff / volunteers operate. They define what an organisation does and how it does it. Clear policies and procedures support effective decision making, providing guidelines on what staff / volunteers can and cannot do, what decisions they can make and what activities are appropriate.

All organisations working with children and young people and / or their parents and carers should have robust policies and procedures which will ensure that children are safe, workers know and understand their roles and responsibilities and how to respond appropriately if they have concerns about a child or young person’s safety or welfare.

Ensuring that agencies and professionals work effectively together is essential when working with children and young people. There are two sets of policies and procedures which underpin multi-agency working, both of which must be consulted when considering how to work with others to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people:

  • Regional (agreed across West Yorkshire)
  • Local (to support arrangements agreed in the city)

The West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding Children Boards Procedures provides overarching guidance and procedures on safeguarding issues which have been agreed by all five LSCPs within West Yorkshire. These should always be consulted in conjunction with agency procedures and the Leeds local policies and procedures.

Where a local approach has been developed regarding a safeguarding issue in Leeds this is supported by local procedures which supplement those used across the region. These are outlined on the Local Protocols page and should be referred to by organisations or individual practitioners when working with children and young people.

Policies and procedures are frequently updated to ensure that they meet emerging requirements and challenges. It is important that this website is consulted on a regular basis to ensure practice and multi-agency working is guided by the most up to date procedures.