Safeguarding

Voluntary and community groups play an important role in providing services for children, young people and adults. It is essential that services and activities which are provided by agencies and organisations are as safe as they can be. In order to ensure this, there is a need to have safeguards in place in every organisation.

In the UK, the law states that all under 18 year old are classed as children. Having safeguards in place will help your group protect vulnerable individuals from harm and abuse. It will also help staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are concerned about a child or young person.

NSPCC use the word “safeguarding” to mean the process of protecting a person from harm – whether this harm is caused by accidents, deliberate abuse, neglect (deliberate or not) or factors such as bullying, prejudicial attitudes or a failure to enable a person to participate in activities that are open to most of their peers.


Gwynedd and Anglesey Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB)

The Gwynedd and Anglesey LSCB is the statutory body responsible for protecting children and young people from significant harm and for promoting their welfare.

For information about the Board including the constitution, membership, work programme and business plan please click the link below.

There is also information here on what to do if you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or young person, information for young people, adults, parents and for professionals: click here

Self Audit Tool
A Safeguarding Self Audit Tool, devised by the voluntary sector for the voluntary sector, can be used as a check list to see where you are up to within your organisation and which can also help to identify what other safeguards you need to put into place.

Voluntary and community groups play an important role in providing services and activities for children, young people and families. In UK law, a child is classed as someone under the age of 18 years old. It is essential that services and activities your group offers are as safe as they can be. To ensure this, there is a need to have safeguards in place in every organisation.

Please click below for the Self Audit Tool document:

Self Audit Tool Safeguarding in your Organisation - click here

We would like to know how the use of the Self Audit Tool changes practice within organisations and how useful people find the audit tool. Please click below for feedback form:

Self Audit Tool Safeguarding in your Organisation - click here

Third sector safeguarding service

Third sector safeguarding service (WCVA) offers advice and guidance to the third sector regarding their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. WCVA has a Safeguarding Service which will provide information and guidance to organisations working with vulnerable groups across Wales.


DBS and safer recruiting

Have you considered how Disclosure and Barring Service and legislation might impact on your organisation?

Contact the Safeguarding Service for information and help with reviewing your policies and procedures and meeting the new requirements – email: crusafeguarding@wcva.org.uk

Are you looking for training to raise staff awareness of safeguarding in general; the preventative steps that all organisations can take to help keep people safe?

Contact through the website www.wcva-safeguarding.org.uk/Training or Mantell Gwynedd to see how they can provide for your safeguarding requirements.

Whatever your work with vulnerable groups – adults or children- the Third Sector Safeguarding Service can provide guidance to safeguard your vulnerable groups, staff and volunteers and signpost to more specialist information if needed.

Disclosure and Barring Service Factsheet - click here

All wales child protection procedures:
Please click here and follow the link below for your copy of the All Wales Child Protection Procedures document.

Below you will find template policies to download.
Please be advised that these templates act as guidance and are to be adapted for the purpose of your own organisation or service.

Safeguarding Policy template - personalise for use by your organisation - click here

Sample child protection policy statement - click here

Model Child Protection Policy - click here