The Safeguarding and Risk Management Hub

The Safeguarding and Risk Management Hub (The Hub) is a freely accessible online resource providing guidance, support, advice and access to training resources in relation to safeguarding and risk management for organisations and individuals working with young people. The Hub provides a comprehensive risk management framework that can be applied to the diverse activities across the youth sector, and is intended to be a ‘go-to’ place with content drafted and maintained by safeguarding and risk experts.   

The Hub aims to promote good safeguarding and risk management practices across the youth sector. The Hub relates directly to the delivery of youth programmes and services and does not cover occupational health and safety considerations. Organisations should ensure they have access to separate competent advice regarding occupational health and safety matters.  

Why is it needed?  

Safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults is the most important duty of any youth worker. In response to reduced funding and resources within the sector, the national workforce has changed and this has placed greater reliance upon volunteer youth workers. The diminishing infrastructure support available to volunteers, and the organisations they work with, means there is inconsistent training, CPD opportunities and resources available across England. 

Meanwhile, the complexities of young people’s needs and risks have increased. We recognise there is a need for clarity and investment to support organisations and individual workers to develop consistent support structures of safeguarding and risk management in order to help ensure our young people have access to safe services, support and care.  

Upcoming accredited training opportunities

In January and February 2024 we are running a series of paid training opportunities with Pharos Response. See below the upcoming sessions and registration links.

Event
Summary
Date
Time
Link
Designated Safeguarding Lead Training for the Youth Sector – BristolTailored for those working with 8-24-year-olds and holding safeguarding responsibilities in a youth work setting, this two-day intensive in-person training equips you for the pivotal role of Designated Safeguarding Lead. It will equip you with the knowledge and tools to effectively foster a young person centred safeguarding culture, to elevate awareness of safeguarding and child protection issues within your organisation.21 Feb – 22 Feb 202409:30 – 17:00 (of the next day)Register here
Risk Assessment for Youth Programmes (Zoom)This course brings risk assessments to life, highlighting why they are so much more important than the ‘tick-box exercise’ they sometimes have a reputation for being. You’ll take away sector-specific examples of good practice you can implement straight into your setting, as this course has been written especially for the youth sector.

Delivered by NYA’s risk management partners, Pharos Response; the crisis management experts who know only too well what happens when risks aren’t managed effectively.
23 Feb 202409:30 -15:00Register here
Off-Site Safety Management (OSSM) for the youth sector – BirminghamThis fun and highly engaging two-day in-person course aims to help youth workers and/or managers responsible for practical youth work activities, off-site trips and visits, to make these experiences safer for young people, and the staff supporting them. This course will utilise a range of practical tasks and engaging workshops designed to highlight the risk issues you might encounter in a range of youth programmes, off-site activities and residential settings, this is more than the normal classroom-based training!06 – 07 Mar 202409:30 – 17:00 (of the next day)Register here
Designated Safeguarding Lead Training for the Youth Sector – NorwichTailored for those working with 8-24-year-olds and holding safeguarding responsibilities in a youth work setting, this two-day intensive in-person training equips you for the pivotal role of Designated Safeguarding Lead. It will equip you with the knowledge and tools to effectively foster a young person centred safeguarding culture, to elevate awareness of safeguarding and child protection issues within your organisation.13 – 14 Mar 202409:30 – 17:00 (of the next day)Register here

The Resources

Setting up your Safeguarding Culture

This guidance is designed to facilitate good thinking in relation to developing a robust and effective safeguarding culture.

Safeguarding for Youth Work Guidance

This document outlines safeguarding policy and procedures for the protection of children and young people at risk.

Safeguarding Standards for the youth sector

have been designed to support good safeguarding practices for all those working with children and young people

Safeguarding for Youth Work

This document outlines safeguarding policy and procedures for the protection of children and young people at risk. Every organisation and its individual staff members have a duty of care to ensure the protection of the young people they are working with, from unnecessary risk and/or harm.

Setting Up Your Safeguarding Culture

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.

Staff Conduct Policy

As a Youth Worker working in the organisation – whether as a member of staff or a volunteer – you have a responsibility to ensure that everyone attending activities, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults, are protected from harm. It is the responsibility of each adult working within the organisation to ensure that:

Contact the Safeguarding and Risk Management Hub

The Training Courses

Please click below to register for free access to our introductory safeguarding training courses

Who is it for? 

The Hub aims to provide support for anyone across the youth sector who may be seeking safeguarding or risk management information, guidance or support. The Hub aims to support both organisations and individual practitioners alike. It is recognised that there are many National Associations and other organisations within the sector who are already following and have access to high quality and established risk management frameworks.  The information within The Hub is not intended to replace or supersede established systems that youth organisations have already developed.  It is primarily aimed at those who have limited access to such resources, specialist knowledge or established practice. 

How to use this resource 

The Hub provides guidance on what organisations or individuals should do in response to areas of safeguarding and risk management, highlighting examples of good practice.  

The Hub is structured to provide a risk management framework that can be applied to a broad range of activities and practice across the youth sector. The framework includes specific guidance topics arranged into four key areas of: Safe People; Safe Place & Activities; Safe Policy, Process & Procedure; and Safe Equipment & Resources.  

You are invited to navigate through the resource to access advice on specific topics, or to view and apply the framework as a whole. Where applicable and appropriate, template documents are available to download to support the application and implementation of good practice. If you have any questions or queries about the Hub, please complete the form below.  

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