Safeguarding Children

SeftonLSCB logoSefton CVS work in close partnership with Sefton Local Safeguarding Boards in order to effectively represent and support the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector of Sefton in order to develop quality services and provision that has the welfare of children at the forefront.

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 vulnerable childrnen 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

Policy and Procedures

By policies, 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:

Important – this chart does not apply to family arrangements and personal non-commercial arrangements (these are not covered by the DBS system) and should be read in conjunction with the full guidance from the Department for Education, available here. 

This is a template only and organisations are advised to encourage staff involvement in developing policies and procedures that meet the specific needs and nature of the organisation. Further templates and guidance are available through speaking to one of our staff or via  www.safenetwork.org.uk.

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

Toolkits

For further information on Free training available from Sefton Local Safeguarding Children’s Board go to: http://seftonlscb.co.uk/

For free Sefton Council training you may be eligible to access view the social care section at www.sefton.gov.uk 

Sefton CVS Safeguarding Training (E-Learning)

  • 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 Jenny Dexter on 0151 920 0726 ext 202 or email jenny.dexter@seftoncvs.org.uk

Useful Resources & Links

To report a concern about a child’s welfare refer to the social care section at www.sefton.gov.uk

For local policy guidance, training, and support around allegations management go to http://seftonlscb.co.uk/

Working Together – Summary Document

Sefton CVS ‘Safe and Sound Workshop’ Presentation 16th July 2013

How Safe Are Our Children 2013 – NSPCC Report

More Information

Simone McCaskill
Children, Young People & Family Lead
Email: simone.mccaskill@seftoncvs.org.uk
Phone: 0151 920 0726 ext 226
Mobile: 07872468918