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
  • Demonstrate 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

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:

If your group or organisation works with children, 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. See Disclosure and Barring Service Link below;

Sefton CVS Safeguarding Training

Sefton CVS deliver an LSCB endorsed half day Level one course.


  • An Introduction to Safeguarding Children” Level 2 for just £7.50 per person

To book or enquire about training 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 Officer
Tel: 0151 920 0726 / Mob: 07912 243 849