Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding - it is everybody's business.

Safeguarding is wider than the essential focus on those most at risk of being harmed and is a fundamental part of good governance for those organisations working with vulnerable groups. Having the right safeguarding policies and practice in place is a must; using DBS checks helps organisations make safer and informed recruitment decisions for positions that involve working with children, young people or adults.

Safeguarding is a valuable part of an organisation's governance framework. It relates to health and safety; staff recruitment, development and retention; quality assurance and funding requirements. Good and appropriate safeguarding provides public reassurance about your organisation and contributes to the positive reputation of the third sector in general.

Safeguarding is the process of protecting a person from harm, however that harm might occur. It is a preventative activity which can be put in place at any time, the earlier the better, for the benefit of all.

Protection activity is undertaken to protect specific people who are suffering, or are at risk of suffering significant harm and is the role of statutory agencies: Social Services and the Police, but the NSPCC can also instigate child abuse investigations.

The cornerstones of safeguarding are:

  • safeguarding policies and practice - what's right for your organisation and assessing your safeguarding arrangements
  • general safeguarding training - putting policies into practice and recognising abuse and harm
  • meeting statutory responsibilities - reporting concerns including DBS Barring and Referrals

Next steps:

Safeguarding community

To help you through the maze of safeguarding and Safer recruiting we have mapped a range of information available to you - visit our safeguarding community to get the resources.