Safeguarding refers to the process of protecting children and vulnerable adults and providing them with safe, effective care and ensuring they come to no harm.
Every organisation who comes into contact with children (and/or vulnerable adults) needs to have a safeguarding and child protection policy statement, which details their commitment to protecting children from harm. You may think this does not apply; however, you may need to think about who you have as members and supporters of your organisation. Do you offer junior memberships? Do you offer activities which children take part in? Could you have any members who could be classed as vulnerable?
As a result of our charity partnership with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children we are pleased to make available materials from their ‘Learning’ facility.
Each organisation has its own needs and we are pleased to share the link to the NSPCC e-learning suite of materials: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/training/our-elearning-courses
Here you can find courses that come with Continued Professional Development (CPD) Online Certification and are fairly inexpensive to access from just £25.
We suggest you take a look to see what might best suit your needs.
But just to give you a flavour . . .
Writing safeguarding policies and procedures
Example of a safeguarding policy statement
A question, often asked, relates to photographing and filming children and that is covered among many other topics here:
Guidance for organisations photographing and filming children during events and activities.
These processes should help any of our member clubs create a safeguarding policy to meet their varied needs.
We are grateful to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Childline® for making these materials available to our members. If you wish to find out more about the charity please see here:
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