Safeguarding

Heart of Calderdale

 

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.

 

Safeguarding Policies

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 charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk for more information.

 

Safer Recruitment

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 charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk.

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 charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk.

 

Join our Safeguarding Forum

We have a Young Lives Forum that shares information and news around all things safeguarding – for organisations working with children and young people as well as vulnerable adults!

To join the Forum please email info@vsialliance.org.uk.

 

Learning

 

 

 

 

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

NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/

Ann Craft Trust https://www.anncrafttrust.org/resources/a-guide-to-safeguarding-adults/

West Yorkshire Police – Easy Reading Guides
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/our-services/accessible-information/easy-read-resources/easy-read-resources