At Personnel Checks we're extremely passionate about safeguarding! Ensuring our customers are fully equipt to protect their business and make the best suitability and recruitment decisions is at the forefront of everything we do.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of vulnerable groups and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding in relation to children and young people:
Ofsted adopts the definition used in the Children Act 2004 and the department for Education (DfE) guidance document, which defines safeguarding and promoting children and young people’s welfare as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and;
- Taking action to enable all children have the best outcomes
Safeguarding in relation to vulnerable adults:
Safeguarding is defined by the CQC as:
‘Protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It's fundamental to high-quality health and social care.’
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What does Outstanding Safeguarding Practice Look Like?
Here’s where we can help!
- Help you spot the signs on what you and your staff need to look out for
- Equip your employees and volunteers with the actions you need to take
- Provide guidance & training to raise awareness for all employees and volunteers
- Help with a suggested Code of Conduct for your organisation
- Provide resources to help you implement policies which are aligned with protecting children and young people
- Help you create an effective referral and recording system
- Deliver a deeper understanding of neglect
- Raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 was set up to help avoid harm, or future risk of harm, by preventing people who are deemed unsuitable working with children and vulnerable adults.
It was set up with the intentions of solving the failures highlighted in the 2004 Bichard Inquiry which stated;
‘New arrangements should be introduced requiring those who wish to work with children, or vulnerable adults, to be registered. The register would confirm that there is no known reason why an individual should not work with these clients.’
As a result of this Act being passed, the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) was established to make sure that unsuitable people were not employed to care for the vulnerable groups. The ISA later merged with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to form the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).
Organisations who provide services to children or vulnerable adults have a legal obligation to make a referral to the DBS if they have dismissed or permanently removed an individual from regulated activity either because the person has caused harm to children or vulnerable adults or poses a future risk of harm.
To find out how our team can assess and overhaul your safeguarding procedures, get in touch!