Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All organisations that work with or come into contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults should have a safeguarding policy and procedure to ensure that they are protected from harm, and that staff/volunteers are clear on what steps they should take if they have safeguarding concerns.

We’ve noticed that this is something that applicants often struggle with!

Five top tips for writing a safeguarding policy from our Grants Team:

1. It is acceptable to have one policy to cover children and young people and vulnerable adults.

2. It should start with a statement setting out the organisation's commitment to protecting all beneficiaries/clients/service users (stating the obvious!)

3. Use short and plain English. Long definitions and legal contexts are not needed.

4. Must show clearly how operational practice has robust safeguarding at its heart e.g. clear standards on intimate care. You should include a list of the supporting procedures that accompany the policy (if appropriate).

5. Must address the key question i.e. if, as a staff member or volunteer, I have concerns about the welfare of a beneficiary, what should I do?

6. Include process for how you check people who work or volunteer for the organisation currently and new starters.

7. Identify safeguarding lead and contact early on.

8. Update or review the policy when the safeguarding lead or contact changes or every two years, whichever is sooner. Add the revision date to the policy.

9. Consider whether you should provide training for staff and volunteers. How else will you raise awareness/publicise the policy for everyone involved with the organisation?

10. Ask different people in different roles to read the policy and feedback to ensure it is accessible to everybody.

If you need further assistance please speak to our Grants Team.

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