Safeguarding Children

What is Safeguarding Children?

Safeguarding children is about trying to make sure that vulnerable children do not get harmed, and knowing what to do if anyone in your organisation or service is worried about a vulnerable child. Your service or organisation should have safeguards in place that:

  • Protect children from harm and abuse
  • Enable staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are worried
  • Show that your organisation or service is responsible
Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)

Sefton CVS work in close partnership with Sefton Local Safeguarding Board in order to effectively represent and support the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector of Sefton to develop quality services and provision that has the welfare of children at the forefront. Sefton LSCB website provides a breadth of information about all aspects of safeguarding children, how to report concerns, policies, guidance and training, Click Here for more information.  

Policy and Procedures

In policy, a child is defined as someone up to the age of 18. If you are searching for policy assistance for those over the age of 18, please view our Safeguarding Adults page.

All organisations need to have their own safeguarding children policy and procedure or guidance. You can use this template to help create a policy for your organisation:

You should use this checklist to help you update the above templates so they are relevant to your organisation:

This resource has been devised to support Trustees and organisations to consider how they are meeting the Charity Commission’s governance expectations in relation to Safeguarding and what they may need to do to improve. The Safeguarding Good Governance Checklist and Resources are available on request from Sefton CVS. Please enter your email below to receive the resources by email. 


If your group or organisation works with children or vulnerable adults, it may be necessary for paid staff and volunteers to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

DBS checks are designed to help organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain areas of work, especially those which may involve contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.

Sefton CVS has registered with the DBS to obtain higher level disclosures for its own staff and volunteers. In our capacity as a DBS umbrella body, Sefton CVS also offers access to the Disclosure service to other organisations within Sefton.

As a registered DBS (CRB Check) Umbrella Body, Sefton CVS is able to help groups and organisations through the process of applying for DBS checks on staff and volunteers. For more information on DBS checks, please click here

Sefton CVS Safeguarding Training


Sefton CVS deliver an LSCB endorsed half day Level one course. This course is delivered on a bespoke basis for groups or as part of the CVS Master Class calendar.


  • An Introduction to Safeguarding Children” Level 1 to the Third Sector for just £7.50 per person
  • Protecting Vulnerable Adults” Level 1 to the Third Sector for just £7.50 per person

To book please contact Sefton CVS Training Team on 0151 920 0726 ext 202 or email

More Information

For further guidance contact;

Sharon Cotterall
Children and Families Development Worker
Tel: 0151 920 0726 / Mob: 07912 243 849