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
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
Checklist for Youth Work Online session This document offers a simple checklist of things you consider before, during and after an online session. It should be used alongside your organisation’s own policies and procedures e.g. Digital Policy and Risk Assessments. Planning for your session: What do I need to facilitate? Decide which platform is best … Continued
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.
A health and safety policy provides a youth work organisation the opportunity to detail what it will do to manage health and safety, and how it will make youth programmes safe.
Effective safety management is normally delivered using a systems-based approach and an important component of this is monitoring and review
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