Safeguarding Children

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013

Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004. It is important that all practitioners working to safeguard children and young people understand fully their responsibilities and duties as set out in legislation and associated regulations and guidance.

Working Together is for practitioners, front line managers and those responsible for overall management of services or organisations who have a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Download - Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 -  A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children pdf

 

Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) Safer Recruitment Guidance

The children and young people's workforce is extremely large and diverse. It covers a broad range of different activities, settings and organisations from small faith-based or community projects within the voluntary sector to medium-sized private childcare providers and large departments within local authorities.

This guidance was produced in November 2009 under the last government's Dept for Children Schools and Families work on developing the Children's Workforce. It is aimed at anyone responsible for or involved in the recruitment of staff or volunteers to work with children and young people (and much is transferable to recruiting people to work with Adults at Risk of Abuse too). Even though it has not been updated or replaced by the current administration, it is still an extremely useful guide to the key aspects of Safer Recruitment.

Download - Safer Recruitment Guidance pdf or Safer Recruitment Summary Guidance pdf

 

Guidance for safer working practice for adults who work with children and young people

All adults who come into contact with children and young people in their work have a duty of care to safeguard and promote their welfare. Some concerns have been raised about the potential vulnerability of adults in this area of work. It was suggested that there was a need for clearer advice and about what constitutes illegal behaviour and what might be considered as misconduct. This document was produced for schools in response to these concerns but serves as an excellent basis for any organisation wishing to: review its code of conduct for employees and volunteers; or work out how to prepare to deal with particular situations which they have not encountered before.

Download - Safer working practice for adults who work with children and young people pdf

 

Are you concerned about a Child or Young Person?

Download - Easy to follow flow diagram display poster pdf

 

Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board Policy and Procedures

Anyone who has contact with children may become concerned about their well-being or safety and would then need to know:

  • The principles contained in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 and the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families.
  • Relevant legislation governing The Children Act 1989, the Education Act 2002, and Children Act 2004.
  • What they need to do to follow the agreed and shared procedures of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board partners
  • What is involved in assessment, planning and joint working for children in need (section 17 of Children Act 1989, and children subject of a Child Protection Plan
  • What services and sources of advice or expertise are available locally and how to gain access to them.

see Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board's online inter agency safeguarding procedures for full details.

 

Safeguarding Training

Click to view Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board Multi Agency training courses

 

Criminal Record Checks and Disclosure & Barring Service

For more information on the Disclosure and Barring Service visit the DBS website at

http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service