Working together to safeguard children 2013: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
“This guidance aims to help professionals understand what they need to do, and what they can expect of one another, to safeguard children. It focuses on core legal requirements, making it clear what individuals and organisations should do to keep children safe.” (page 7)
Working Together 2013 is a key statutory document providing guidance on how organisations should safeguard children and young people. It states that:
“organisations should have in place arrangements that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children”
The guidance states that these arrangements should include:
- Senior board level leadership taking responsibility for the organisation’s safeguarding arrangements
- A culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings.
- A designated professional lead for safeguarding to support others and to recognise the needs & welfare of children.
- Appropriate supervision and support for staff, including undertaking child protection training.
- Employers are responsible for ensuring that their staff are competent to carry out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
- Staff complete child protection training that enables them to recognise signs of potential abuse and neglect.
- Employers should ensure an environment where staff feel able to raise concerns and feel supported in their safeguarding role.
- Safe recruitment practices for individuals who work regularly with children.
- Policies and arrangements which set out clearly the processes for sharing information, with other professionals and with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
Education of all staff is a vital part of an organisations safeguarding arrangements. Child Protection training on the importance of safeguarding, the practicalities of protecting children, how to recognising abuse and knowledge of the correct policies and procedure to follow, will greatly assist an organisation in fulfilling its safeguarding responsibilities.