What is Safeguarding?
Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding children. Safeguarding is essentially about keeping children and young people safe from abuse or neglect. It is also about making sure that the right people are recruited as employees and volunteers to work with young people, vulnerable adults & families, and creating a culture of openness and honesty.
All organisations, paid workers and volunteers who come into contact with children, family members, or work in communities in their everyday work have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This even includes people who do not have a role which is directly related to child protection.
What key policies do organisations need to have in place?
The key policies which are needed and brief description of the policy:
- Child protection policy with a statement of the organisation’s intent to safeguard children
- Safer recruitment policy
- Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies
An organisation also needs a designated safeguarding worker who is trained to handle any disclosures.
What resources are available to help me?
NSPCC Safeguarding Children page.
NSPCC provides guidance for schools and organisations on:
- Your responsibilities
- How to manage safeguarding
- Developing policies
We particularly recommend the ‘Are They Safe?’ pack, written for voluntary and community organisations which can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Please see the LSCB website for details of how to report concerns.
Managing Allegations against those who work with children & young people
The procedure for managing allegations against those who work with children & young people is available on the Solihull Safeguarding Boards website. Link to procedures.
What to do if you are concerned about someone who works with or is in a position of trust with children and young people in Solihull
- behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed a child;
- possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or
- behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.
There may be up to three strands in the consideration of an allegation:
- a police investigation of a possible criminal offence;
- enquiries and assessment by children’s social care about whether a child is in need of protection or in need of services;
- consideration by an employer of disciplinary action in respect of the individual.
- Providing advice, information and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations around allegations and concerns regarding paid and unpaid workers.
- Managing and overseeing individual cases from all partner agencies.
- Ensuring the child’s voice is heard and that they are safeguarded.
- Ensuring there is a consistent, fair and thorough process for all adults working with children and young people against whom an allegation is made.
- Monitoring the progress of cases to ensure they are dealt with as quickly as possible.
- Recommending a referral and chairing the strategy meeting in cases where the allegation requires investigation by police and/or social care.
Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) – advice, guidance, training
The Solihull LSCB can provide advice, guidance and training to organisations who want to improve their safeguarding arrangements.
Visit the LSCB website for more information, resources and contact details.
The policies, proceedures and strategy on keeping children and young people safe in Solihull – Procedures link
A useful resource on inter agency working on safeguarding children and young people. Visit Solihull LSCB Working Together page.
There are different areas of training available through the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
- Visit the LSCB Training page for more information.