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Safeguarding Children: Policy and Procedures

Every organisation working with children and young people should have its own safeguarding policy and procedures.

This shows parents that you take safeguarding children seriously.

It also helps minimise the possibility of false allegations against you and your staff or volunteers.

A typical safeguarding policy and procedures includes:

  • How staff and volunteers are appointed and checked
  • DBS checks and up to date certificates
  • Responsibilities of staff and volunteers for safeguarding children
  • Good practice guidelines:
  • Parent / carer contact information and permissions for activities, transport, emergencies etc
  • Staff/ volunteer ratios to children / young people
  • Supervision of children during normal activities
  • Use of toilets and personal care eg following an accident
  • Accident / incident book
  • Discipline and managing difficult behaviour
  • Collection of children at the end of an activity (including late and no show parents)
  • Transporting children
  • Record keeping
  • Health and safety
  • Background information on abuse and children (types and signs of abuse)
  • Procedures in the event of a concern, disclosure or allegation
  • Key contacts, especially the Safeguarding Children Co-ordinator and the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

If you would like help writing your own policy and procedures, please contact us and we will be happy to do this for you.

Or look at our outline programme for the Safeguarding Children workshop PDF we can provide for you and your staff / volunteers.

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