What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is about looking out for the people you come into contact with and is everyone’s responsibility, which means we all have a role to play in keeping children, young people, and vulnerable adults safe from harm. Safeguarding means protecting a person’s right to live safely, free from abuse and neglect.
Responsibilities for the Voluntary and Community Sector
Everyone in your organisation has a role to play in Safeguarding whether they are a member of staff, a volunteer, or a Trustees. Each person in your organisation must have an understanding of how to respond and pass on their concerns to the appropriate person. Failing to do this leaves already vulnerable individuals more at risk of harm and exploitation.
A safeguarding policy shouldn’t be a huge, overly-wordy, difficult to understand document – it should be clear, straightforward, and transparent about where responsibilities sit with people in your organisation. The policy should include who your Designated Safeguarding Lead is and an easy-to-follow procedure for someone who has concerns.
We have templates that you are welcome to use, we can even help you tailor them to ensure that they are fit for purpose in keeping everyone involved with your organisation safe.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Safer Recruitment means that, whether it’s a new volunteer, member of staff or a Trustee, you know who you’re bringing into the organisation.
So, it’s not all about DBS checks! It’s about ID checks, references, interviews, induction, training, supervision (of some kind) and probationary periods. It’s about having a good Code of Conduct that everyone commits to, it’s about ongoing training to ensure that people are up-to-date with essential knowledge. And it doesn’t have to be arduous but the better your recruitment process, the safer your organisation is to keep doing the amazing work you’re doing!
For more information, please email email@example.com.
If you are going to ask volunteers to undertake a DBS check before they start, make sure the role they will be doing is eligible for a check. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dbs-eligibility-guidance
We have a limited fund to help VCS groups in Calderdale pay for essential DBS checks for their volunteers. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join our Safeguarding Forum
We have a Safeguarding Forum that shares information and news around all things safeguarding – for organisations working with children and young people as well as adults who might be vulnerable or at risk.
To join the Forum please email email@example.com.
Calderdale Safeguarding Learning and Development
There are a wide range of opportunities delivered by Calderdale’s Safeguarding Adults Board and Safeguarding Children’s Partnership. These great courses are free and can be done from the comfort of your own home!
Topics include courses such as Domestic Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation, Prevent and Modern Slavery. You can view more details here https://safeguarding.calderdale.gov.uk/professionals/training-and-development/
Resources and Factsheets
National Safeguarding Toolkit developed by NCVO https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/safeguarding
West Yorkshire Police – Easy Reading Guides