How to write a child protection and safeguarding policy
Having a written policy makes it clear to everyone in your organisation what is expected from them and what their safeguarding responsibilities are. Commissioners now expect organisations they commission to have a policy in place.
To help you write your own child protection and safeguarding policy Young Lives Bradford have created a policy template with instructions on how to complete each section. This template has been approved by the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, Performance Management Audit and Evaluation Sub Group, September 2017.
Before you start to complete the template we recommend that:
- You have a team meeting to discuss the particular needs of your group. Have you had any safeguarding issues or incidents? Are there any concerns or issues that your staff or volunteers are uncertain of how to deal with? Your policy should include procedures on how to deal with any safeguarding concerns that may occur.
- You write your policy as a group. This makes the policy more relevant if everyone has contributed to it.
- All staff and volunteers undertake as a minimum Basic Safeguarding training.
- Where possible you should involve children/ young people and their parents / carers in the development of your policy. Ask for their opinions and suggestions. This illustrates to children and parents / carers your organisation is taking safeguarding seriously, and staff understand their safeguarding responsibilities.
- All staff and volunteers should have a copy of the policy and have read and understood it. It should also be made available for parents/carers should they wish to see it. We recommend you have one on display and/ or available on your website and/or notice-boards.
- Your safeguarding policy should be an active document. It is good practice to regularly review the policy and keep it up-to-date with any local or national changes.
- Your ‘Designated Safeguarding lead’ should be responsible for making sure the policy is kept up to date and that all staff and volunteers are kept informed about any changes.
Download a word version of the template child protection and safeguarding policy here
Safeguarding Audit Tool
Bradford Council has a duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to ensure organisations they commission have adequate Safeguarding procedures in place.
To do this they will be asking commissioned groups to complete a new provider safeguarding audit tool. It is likely NHS commissioners will also be using the tool for commissioned groups.
Young Lives Bradford is encouraging all VCS organisations to use this tool for self-improvement and revision of their safeguarding arrangements. This tool can be used to demonstrate your organisation complies with current safeguarding requirements.
The NSPCC also provide safeguarding resources for organisations.