Voluntary and community groups play an important role in providing services and activities for children, young people and adults. In UK law, someone is a child until they are 18 years old. It is essential that the services and activities your group offers are as safe as they can be, and to ensure this, there is a need to have safeguards in place.
Having safeguards in place will help your group protect children, young people and adults from harm and abuse as well as help staff and volunteers know what to do if they are worried or concerned about a child or adult.
Also be watchful and look out for friends, families and neighbours, and if you see any signs at all that make you think that they may be experiencing any type of abuse or neglect, please report your concerns.
To report a child at risk
To report an adult at risk:
The Wales Safeguarding Procedures provide guidance to practitioners involved in safeguarding on how things should be done. You can download the procedures onto your mobile phone. Links for downloading the App are at the bottom of the landing page on the website at the link below. Once you have downloaded the App you do not need to have a Wi-Fi connection to view them.
Protecting people and safeguarding responsibilities should be a governance priority for all charities. The following is a link to guidance which will support trustees to put systems in place that will protect all who come in contact with their organisation.
This brief and accessible guide highlights your responsibilities to keep everyone who comes into contact with your charity safe from harm: this includes volunteers, staff and beneficiaries.
See the video here - Safeguarding for charities and trustees - YouTube
The Stop it Now public awareness campaign is aimed at tackling the increased viewing and sharing of illegal images of children.
The campaign website offers a wide range of resources and information to help people stop viewing and sharing sexual images, and to support the families and friends of people who access sexual images of children.
The Board has the overall responsibility for challenging relevant agencies in the area so that:
The objectives of a Safeguarding Adults Board are:
Get Safe Online
Get Safe Online and CIFAS - the UK's leading fraud prevention service - have teamed up develop a new check-a website facility.The tool runs a number of checks to see whether a website is likely to be legitimate or not.
It can be found here: https://check.getsafeonline.org