Safeguarding in the workplace is essential for all those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work duties. Protecting children and vulnerable adults is high on the agenda in the UK.
Anyone working with children and families should:
» Be familiar with and follow their organisation’s policy and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
» Know who to contact to express concerns about a child’s or adult’s welfare.
» Remember that an allegation of child abuse or neglect may lead to a criminal investigation and therefore practitioners should not do anything that may jeopardise a police investigation, such as leading questions or attempting to investigate the allegations of abuse.
» Attend training that raises awareness of safeguarding issues and equips them with the skills and knowledge needed.
If a tutor, member of staff or volunteer has a concern about any child’s or vulnerable adult’s welfare they should follow these procedures:
» Stay calm.
» Provide a listening ear and an open mind.
» Be reassuring, particularly that the individual is doing the right thing by telling you.
» Record the information you are provided with and report as quickly as possible to your line manager or Safeguarding Officer who will decide what further action will need to be taken.
» Promise to keep the information secret. Make it clear that you have a duty to refer the matter on.
» Stop the individual who is freely recalling significant events.
» Make the individual tell anyone else. They may have to be formally interviewed later and it is important to minimise the number of times information is repeated.
» Make any suggestions to the individual about how the incident may have happened.
Review your safeguarding policy
Organisations that work with children or vulnerable adults should already have a safeguarding policy in place.
Make sure this is reviewed and updated regularly to reflect any new legislation or changes within your organisation.
Consider speaking to the vulnerable groups you work with when writing or reviewing your policy. Find out what they expect from you, and use this to inform your policies and procedures.
Make sure staff are familiar with your policy
Give all your staff a copy of your safeguarding policy and ask them to familiarise themselves with it.
This will help ensure your safeguarding procedures are being adhered to-after all, a safeguarding policy is useless if it isn’t being put into practise!
Make your safeguarding policy visible to the public
Publish your safeguarding policy on your website so that all clients, as well as members of the public have access to it. This will help position you as a trustworthy organisation that cares about the safety of the people in its care.
Regularly reviewing safeguarding procedures in the workplace will help guarantee the safety of the vulnerable groups your organisation works with. Safety Media provide an interactive Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults course . This course will enable your employees to define and recognise safeguarding and its purpose and how to take appropriate action if you have specific concerns and make referrals to others. If you would like more information on this course please contact us today on +44(0)1745 535000 or email us today firstname.lastname@example.org