Policy and Practice

Every organisation working with children, young people or adults who may be at risk due to age, illness or disability, should have a safeguarding policy. It should be kept where it can be read and be made available to all staff, volunteers and interested parties, once signed by the chair of the board. The policy should include clear procedures for responding to an allegation, disclosure of possible abuse or concern about poor practice. The policy should be reviewed and updated annually.

Whilst there are common good principles that should appear in all safeguarding policies, the detail should be specific to each particular organisation.

Supervisors, staff and volunteers providing services to children, young people or adults who may be at risk, should all receive abuse awareness and safeguarding training to be able to recognise when someone is at risk and respond appropriately to disclosures. Staff / volunteers should be given training about the organisation’s safeguarding policy as part of their induction.

Safeguarding training and a clear code of conduct related to abuse prevention and recognition should be a priority for all delivery organisations and agencies offering any type of work involving close and regular contact between staff and clients.

Safeguarding is a valuable part of an organisation’s governance framework. It relates to:-

  • health and safety
  • staff recruitment, development and retention
  • quality assurance
  • funding