Safeguarding of children is everyone’s responsibility – Does your organisation measure up?
Safeguarding of our children and young people remain one of the major challenges in our society today. A report from the NSPCC estimated that 1 in 10 young people in the UK have suffered abuse or neglect at some stage in their life before the age of 18.
The Children’s Act of 2004 recognised that the prevention of such abuse laid not just with professionals working with young people, but that the safeguarding of children is everyone’s responsibility.
The risks to young people continue to evolve and, as well as neglect, abuse, bullying and exploitation in recent years, we have seen huge increases in young people being affected by mental health issues and by on-line abuse.
Safeguarding children duties apply to any charity working with or coming into contact with anyone under the age of 18.
This has huge implications for any voluntary and community group working with young people, whether they are a registered charity or not.
Groups who work with children and young people should be able to answer the following questions:
- Do I know how to spot the signs of abuse or neglect in young people?
- Do my staff know what to do should they spot any signs that concern them?
- Who is the organisation’s Safeguarding Lead?
- Do I know how to escalate a concern to the authorities?
- Do I know what is appropriate behaviour when working with young people?
- How can I protect both staff and young people from risk?
- How can I be sure that my staff are safe to work with young people?
If you cannot answer yes to all of the above then the One Walsall Children’s Safeguarding session is for you.
Based on the NSPCC programme and specifically aimed at voluntary and community groups, it will help demystify some of the myths around safeguarding and help to ensure that your organisation is able to operate safely into the future.
This training is FREE for voluntary and community groups. Please book to confirm your space.