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Safeguarding should be at the heart of what we all do as organisations

Tue 21 Sep 2021

Safeguarding should be at the heart of what we all do as organisations, we need to be confident our services are delivered in the safest way.  During the week of 15th-21st November there is a national focus on this important topic so do watch out for information, hints and tips to enable you to be the best you can be.  Some questions you could ask yourself within your organisation include:-

Do you do DBS checks correctly?  Disclosure and Barring Service checks are an important starting place as these check if someone has criminal records and give you an idea as to the suitability of an individual for a particular role.  We know though that this has many grey areas so please get in touch with your Locality Officer for specific advice as to what roles require checks.

Do you have clear and accurate volunteer and job role descriptions?  These should be written clearly to enable you to match someone to the role.

Do you have thorough policies & procedures that are up to date and meet best practice? Safeguarding is obviously important but do you have a thorough complaints process?  What about a whistleblowing policy that enables those to report appropriate concerns?  Volunteer policies should include a section on resolving problems so that you can deal with issues at the earliest opportunity.  

What is your recruitment process like?  Do you ask everyone the same questions and how do they match against criteria?  Do you ask for references?  They are a great idea but may only tell you a very limited part of the story.  Make them relevant to the role, ask questions about the skills and qualities you want an applicant to possess.

Is your induction, training and support processes suitable?  Provide a thorough and comprehensive induction to your organisation and work as well as your values.  Ensure that policies are thoroughly understood.  A probationary or settling in period is an excellent way of providing an opportunity for early problems to be resolved.  Giving adequate support and supervision is important for many reasons, including retention.

All Support Staffordshire members are able to access advice and guidance as part of their membership package.  This can include reviewing role descriptions, policies and procedures and recruitment processes, referencing up-to-date best practice guidelines.  

If your staff or volunteers are members then you are entitled to send up to 2 people on our fully funded Right Start Adult Safeguarding course.  The next one is scheduled for Monday 18th October 21, 9.30am - 12.30pmWe are also running 'Safeguarding for Managers' training on Tuesday 9th November 1.30pm - 4.30pm 

Alternatively, if you have more training needs then we can come in and deliver a Level 2 Adult safeguarding course in-house at a cost of around £230 depending on location.  Online options also available.

For any more information please contact your Locality Officer or the Consultancy team at consultancy@supportstaffordshire.org.uk