2021 Safeguarding Checklist
BSCP is keen to support the VCFS in developing it’s safeguarding practices. Safeguarding practice, underpinned by robust and up to date policies and toolkits are vital to ensuring we keep children and young people safe. Safeguarding practice does not stand still and organisations must remain responsive and dynamic to new and emerging threats to children.
For this reason the VCFS Forum of the BSCP has agreed to distribute a Safeguarding Checklist which allows organisations in a much more bite-sized format to reflect the current health of their safeguarding approaches. Please find this checklist here.
If you wish to complete this checklist please do so and return to me at firstname.lastname@example.org; - by 1st September 2021.
This approach does not replace the Section 11 audits, which we circulated last year, instead it is supposed to compliment them. If you wish to undertake a more thorough Section 11 then please let BSCP know.
We know it can be hard to find space and time to stop and take a health check upon current approaches to safeguarding. We are all busy in the heart of our communities delivering vital support for those most in need. However, all voluntary, community and faith sector organisations who work with children or adults at risk have safeguarding duties to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect. The Charity Commission’s guidance sets out what your responsibilities are. You can also find more support and advice on the NSPCC and NCVO websites.
After you have completed the checklist, we will support you by:
- Providing personal feedback on your checklist, identifying your strengths and areas for further development
- Where we can, we will direct you to other resources online or local voluntary organisations who may be able to help you
- Hosting a learning event for everyone who completed the checklist to share ideas and discuss challenges
- Using the information from the checklists to guide the training and support we give to the sector.