If you run an organisation which provides services for children and young people, you want to make sure that you provide a safe environment for them. You need to be certain that you have the correct procedures in place and that your staff (paid or voluntary) know what their responsibilities are with regards to safeguarding and what to do should they be concerned about a child within their care. Having policies and procedures in place to safeguard children and young people shows that your organisation/ group is responsible and has pride in its work.
Why should you have safeguarding procedures in place?
In England the law states that people who work with children and young people have a duty to keep them safe. This legislation is set out in The Children Act 2004. There is also further guidance in the Government document Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013.
Your organisation or group may already be doing many things to help keep children and young people safe. But could you do more?
The LSCP has created the Organisational Safeguarding Assessment which enables you to do an assessment of your organisation. The questions are based on the standards set in Section 11 of The Children Act 2004.
Completing this assessment will help you ensure that you are keeping your safeguarding policies and procedures up to date and are doing all the right things to keep children and young people safe.