The NYA believes that all youth work should take a rights-based approach and centre the needs of individual and collective young people. This implies that all youth work should ensure that the rights outlined by the UNCRC are equally applicable to all young people accessing your provision.When working with young people who are exploring their … Continued

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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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These standards promote good safeguarding practices for those working with children and young people, adults at risk, volunteers and paid staff.  Safeguarding Standards for the Youth Sector This document sets out how best to embed a culture of safeguarding across your organisation to support staff (paid and unpaid) and young people.

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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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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

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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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Youth work organisations will regularly use, provide, and come into contact with substances which could be ‘hazardous to health’ and should therefore be aware of the potential risks.

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The term manual handling covers a wide variety of activities including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying, all of which present a risk of injury if not managed appropriately.

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Youth work organisations often choose to use external organisations such as transport operators, first aid providers, caterers or venues to assist in the delivery of programmes.

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