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What is Safeguarding?

According to the NHS,  “safeguarding means protecting a citizen’s health, wellbeing and human rights; enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.”

Sounds like something that should automatically happen. But the simple fact is that many vulnerable groups are at risk of experiencing abuse and neglect. 

Who Needs Safeguarding Policies? 

So, do you need specific safeguarding policies?

It’s a question most businesses don’t think about unless they must safeguard a certain group of people, but the fact is that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

In short, various UK organisations must protect children and vulnerable adults and share a fundamental obligation to implement effective safeguarding policies. These include care providers, educators, and charities.

However, many other organisations with contact with children and vulnerable adults may benefit and even be required (by their regulators, customers, or partners) to set out how they plan to ensure that safeguarding is an integral part of their operational policies. 

In short, if you have contact with children and/or vulnerable adults (particularly if working in their homes or where there is an element of trust), you should take steps to both know how to help those who need support and protect yourself and your colleagues.

What do Safeguarding Policies Cover?

Safeguarding policies encompass various measures to protect the users of your services, your clients and the customers of your clients, your employees, volunteers, and anyone you come into contact with from abuse and neglect. 

These policies describe what safeguarding is regarding your organisation, set out the responsibilities of the organisation and every colleague, describe how the organisation works to minimise the risk of harm and outline the actions to take if a concern is noted.

In essence, they enable an organisation to act where action is needed!

Sector-Specific SAfeguarding Adaptations

Safeguarding policies must be tailored to the specific context of each organisation. The nature of the organisation’s work, size, sector and service users/customers dictate the policy’s focus but may include:

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People Policies are crucial for organisations that engage directly with individuals under 18.
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk Policies target organisations that work with adults who may be vulnerable due to disability, age, or other factors.
  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policies are tailored to organisations that work with all age groups.

Streamline Your Safeguarding Policies 

At Policy Pros, we understand the complexity and importance of crafting effective safeguarding policies for your organisation. Whether you’re a care provider, charity, CIC, or a business whose colleagues will encounter children and/or young people, we offer the expertise to alleviate the burden of policy writing and reviewing. 

So, whether you aim to gain accreditation, bid for contracts, streamline internal compliance, or ensure that your existing policies are updated to reflect the latest legislation, Policy Pros is your ideal partner. 

Please complete the form below if you would like more information on our safeguarding policy writing or reviewing services.

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