Does your club or community group have the necessary safeguarding measures in place?
All Organisations who work with children and young people have a responsibility for safeguarding and ensuring that you make sure that no child in your care is harmed. There are lots to think about when you’re running a group for children and young people. You will want to make sure that they have fun, but you also need to ensure that they are kept as safe as possible when their parents leave them in your care. Don't be disheartened or put off – there is support available that will help you put the correct safeguards in place and keep children safe.
Who can help you?
VOYC Devon: www.voycdevon.org.uk
VOYC can provide groups with a range of safeguarding advice and support together with child protection training. Support can be either, over the phone, through e-mail or face to face.
The Devon Children and Families Partnership: http://www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org
This website aims to provide important information to parents and carers, children and young people and those people who work with them.
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) http://www.devon.gov.uk/lado
LADO Officers provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations that have concerns about a person working or volunteering with children and young people who may have behaved inappropriately or if information has been received that may constitute an allegation.
The SAFE Network: www.safenetwork.org.uk
This is a National (supported by NSPCC) web based resource providing safeguarding information related to activities outside the home – from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups.