We have a legal and moral duty to safeguard the young people we work with. All work with young people in the youth sector must be free from harm and danger – there should be no compromise in standards. This important resource ensures that youth workers are fully equipped to protect and safeguard young people, … Continued

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Contents 1. About This Guidance This guidance talks about the purpose, roles and responsibilities of an individual that has been named the operational safeguarding lead for the organisation. This is commonly referred to as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). This may or may not be the same person who has legal responsibility for safeguarding, which … Continued

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This guidance is designed to facilitate good thinking in relation to developing a robust and effective safeguarding culture. It is written as a thought piece, and offers a way of thinking that establishes your organisation’s approach. It will enable you to create your own, personalised checklist of actions to keep you and the young people you’re working with safe, and to manage risk well, as well as provide you with a set of suggested first 10 steps. It is not designed to tell you about the general aspects of establishing a youth group.

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Risk assessments should always be considered in the context of the potential benefits of the specific programme, location or activity for the young people participating.

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Effective safety management is normally delivered using a systems-based approach and an important component of this is monitoring and review

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Youth work organisations, as ‘employers’ are required by law to appoint a ‘competent’ person or people to help them meet their legal health and safety responsibilities. Further information regarding competence can be found on the HSE Website

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The aim of this guidance assists you to ensure your organisation effectively oversees the application of safeguarding.

This guidance is primarily for anyone in the voluntary sector but is applicable to anyone providing youth work services to children and young people. This could include but is not limited to a charity, community interest company, social enterprise or unincorporated charitable organisations.

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Youth work organisations should pay particular attention to the safety management of large scale events such as: large fundraising, sponsorship or sporting events; jamboree style events; recruitment or promotional fairs; religious festivals; other events involving large groups of people.

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It is essential that youth work organisations understand the individual support needs of all individuals participating in programmes or accessing services in advance, including young people and workers. Organisations should carefully review all information received from young people prior to a programme (i.e. application forms or similar), and pay particular note to any pre-existing conditions or accessibility requirements that have been disclosed.

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