What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is a term used to denote measures to protect the health, well-being and human rights of individuals, which allow people — especially children, young people and vulnerable adults — to live free from abuse, harm and neglect.
It is the duty of all teachers (in our case we train those in the performing arts and fitness industries) to safeguard their pupils and undergo effective safeguarding training every 2-3 years.
A Statutory Duty
All those in contact with children and families have a duty to safeguard and promote children’s welfare under the following laws: Children Act 1989, Education Act 2002, Children Act 2004.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children means we have:
A duty to protect children from maltreatment;
A duty to prevent impairment;
Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
“Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adults well-being is promoted, where appropriate, having regard for their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action”
- 14.7 Department for Health Care and Support Statutory guidance, issued under the Care Act 2014
For more information see: Care Act 2014, Care and Support Statutory Guidance 2014, Human Rights Act.
Designated Safeguarding Person
If there's more than one person working at your organisation, you need to appoint a Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP).
This person should have additional training on top of their safeguarding children/adults training to prepare them for the role. Your DSP will manage any disclosures and allegations within your organisation and pass concerns on to the relevant teams.
Click here to find upcoming DSP training sessions.
Managing Disclosure from a Child
Always listen to what the child has to say with an open mind
Do not ask leading or probing questions
Never stop a child who is talking freely about significant events
Make a note of the discussion, taking care to record the timings, setting and people present, as well as what was said
Do not ask children to make a written statement
Never promise a child that what they have told you may be kept secret
Explain that you have responsibility to share information
Inform the DSP for your organisation immediately.
If any member of staff or volunteer has concerns about the behaviour or conduct of another individual within the organisation the nature of the concern should be reported to your DSP. They will then report the matter to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
If you're ever unsure of what to do, ASK.
You can talk the DSP for your association, contact the NSPCC for guidance, or even call the non-emergency police number for advice.
Any of these places will give you the information you need, but we cannot emphasise how important it is that you ACT. It could be nothing, but it could be something.
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
ChildLine: 0800 111
Non-emergency police: 101
It is also worth making note of the number for your LADO and your local children's/adults social care team. You can include all of these numbers in your safeguarding policies so you and your staff members know where to find them at all times.