When the Children Act 2004 was introduced, it placed a responsibility on district councils to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and detailed exactly what was expected of us. The Care Act (2014) has also, since 1 April 2015, put adult safeguarding on a statutory footing.
- Our senior managers are committed to the importance of safeguarding and promoting wellbeing Safeguarding is a standing item on all quarterly governance meetings and this is regularly discussed at Corporate Management Team meetings. Our Cabinet Members for Communities, Customers and Leisure also support the Services for All Group which oversees the safeguarding and share the chairing role
- We have a clear statement of our responsibilities towards children, young people and vulnerable adults that all staff are aware of
- That there are clear lines of responsibility, regarding safeguarding, within the council
- We have 'safe' recruitment practices for recruiting anyone to a post where the postholder will come into contact with children and young people – specialist training is provided for managers to ensure that when we recruit to these posts, every check is made to guarantee as far as possible that we recruit the best person for the role
- We provide training for all staff who come into contact, either directly or indirectly, with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.
- We share information and ensure effective working relationships with other agencies
- Any organisations that we work with also follow the same rigorous procedures and guidelines