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5.7 Community, Voluntary and Faith Sector


  Extract from Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015


  1. Safeguarding children is everybody's responsibility and needs to be addressed by voluntary groups, from both religious and legal perspectives; to satisfy parents, organisers of the activities and the statutory organisations involved with child welfare;
  2. Each organisation should ensure that they have in place policies and procedures in respect of the following:
    • What is child abuse and how you might recognise it;
    • Responding to a child reporting an incident;
    • Procedures to follow if the concern is about someone outside the organisation;
    • Procedures to follow if the concern is about someone inside the organisation, a Named Professional;
    • How to record concerns and make a Referral to Children's Social Care if appropriate;
    • How the organisation recruits and checks the suitability of coaches/volunteers;
    • How to deal with bullying;
    • Guidelines for transport.
  3. The organisation should develop their practice and procedures in line with law and the findings of research via links to the LSCB through the local council for volunteer services.

Extract from Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

The following is taken from Working Together 2015 - Chapter 2, points 43 and 44

Voluntary and private sectors

  1. Voluntary organisations and private sector providers play an important role in delivering services to children. They should have the arrangements described in paragraph 4 of this chapter in place in the same way as organisations in the public sector, and need to work effectively with the LSCB. Paid and volunteer staff need to be aware of their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, how they should respond to child protection concerns and make a referral to local authority children's social care or the Police if necessary.

Faith Organisations

  1. Churches, other places of worship and faith-based organisations provide a wide range of activities for children and have an important role in safeguarding children and supporting families. Like other organisations who work with children they need to have appropriate arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, as described in paragraph 4 of this chapter.