Achieving these elements ensures that your organisation has taken appropriate steps to protect children and young people identified as being at possible risk of abuse or neglect.



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Have you developed a written safeguarding / child protection policy?

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Prepare a safeguarding / child protection policy and make sure that everybody involved in your organisation is aware of it and supports it. Check example for further support.


Is your safeguarding policy signed by the most senior person in your organisation?

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This needs to be CEO, chair of board of trustees or similar or both.

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Do you have a written procedure for situations where a child is in need of early help services?

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Use the resources provided to help you prepare a written procedure, so that your staff and volunteers know what to do if they think a child may be in need of early help. 

Do you have a written procedure for situations where a child may be at risk of abuse or neglect?

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Use the resources provided to help you prepare a written procedure, so that your staff and volunteers know what to do if they think a child may be at risk of abuse or neglect.

Do you have a written procedure for situations where allegations of abuse are made against an adult working in your organisation?

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Prepare a written procedure that should be followed if allegations are made against an adult working in your organisation. Use the example to help you.
Do you have a written procedure for situations where allegations of abuse are made against a young person in your organisation?

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Prepare a written procedure that should be followed if allegations are made against a child or young person in your organisation. Use the example to help you.
Do your procedures set out the processes for sharing information with other professionals?

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It is vital that you share information appropriately in these situations. The Department for Education offers guidance on how to do this. Visit GOV.UK for information.

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Do your procedures cover referrals to the DBS and local authority designated officer/ team?

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You may have responsibilities to the DBS and local authority if allegations are made. Check the examples to make sure that you are clear what you and your staff need to do. 

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Is there a designated safeguarding officer (DSO) in your organisation?

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Identify someone in your organisation as the DSO for children and a second person to provide cover if the named person is not available. Use the example for more information.

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Can your DSO be easily contacted and is there arrangements for cover the usual DSO is not available?

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There needs to be a DSO available for the all the hours your staff and volunteers are working. You may need a rota to achieve this.

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Is there someone at the top level in your organisation who takes responsibility for safeguarding?

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This needs to be a senior executive officer and someone on your board of trustees or management board.

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Do you have a written behaviour code for everyone in your organisation?

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Work together as a team to create a behaviour code for your organisation, both children and adults. Involve children and families wherever possible. The code needs to cover online and face to face behaviour. See example for further information.

Do you have a whistleblowing procedure?

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Prepare a procedure to be followed if anyone – adult or child – feels that the behaviour code has been broken or who is concerned about anything else that may be dangerous, illegal or untoward in the organisation. Check example for further support.

Can staff, volunteers, families and children easily access information about how you keep children safe?

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Information about your safeguarding arrangements needs to be easy for everyone in your organisation to find and understand. For further information visit childline or helpline.

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Do you have a system for taking children’s views into account?

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There are all sorts of ways in which you can get childrens views and input in to your service. They could include:

  • suggestion boxes
  • questionaires / quizzes / competitions / games
  • discussions or talking to children informally.
Do you audit your safeguarding arrangements?

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Decide how you are going to check that your child protection arrangements are being used and that they are effective.
Options could include:

  • file checks
  • simple surveys
  • reviews at regular intervals.

Check the example for more information.

Do you provide ongoing support and training so that your workforce is competent in safeguarding?

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Carry out a simple exercise analysing your staff learning needs around safeguarding. Use the example provided to support you with this.  


Do you make sure that everyone feels comfortable about raising concerns?

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Don't take it for granted that staff feel comfortable about raising concerns. Work actively to create and maintain a safe culture in your organisation. See the guidance for ideas on how to do this.

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