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A Guide to building Safeguarding in your Organisation

Safeguarding isn't just for schools and care homes – it's a core responsibility for all organisations. It's about creating a safe environment for everyone involved: your employees, customers, and any vulnerable individuals your business interacts with. This comprehensive guide will equip you with the knowledge and steps to implement a robust safeguarding policy within your company.

Understanding Safeguarding:

Safeguarding encompasses protecting individuals, particularly children and vulnerable adults, from harm. This harm can be physical, emotional, sexual, or neglectful. By creating a culture of safety and awareness, you can minimise the risk of abuse and ensure a positive experience for everyone involved.

The Safeguarding Process:

Here's a breakdown of the key elements to consider when building your safeguarding framework:

Policy Development: A well-defined safeguarding policy forms the foundation of your efforts. This policy should clearly outline:
  • The company's commitment to safeguarding.
  • Definitions of abuse and neglect.
  • Roles and responsibilities of staff in safeguarding.
  • Procedures for identifying and reporting concerns.
  • Access and reporting procedures for customers (if applicable).
  • Disciplinary measures for breaches of policy.

Risk Assessment: Identify potential safeguarding risks specific to your organisation. This might involve the nature of your work, clientele, or the environment you operate in. Regular risk assessments ensure your policy remains relevant and effective.

Training and Awareness: Equip your staff with the knowledge and skills to recognise signs of abuse and neglect. Training should cover topics like:
  • Recognising different types of abuse.
  • Safeguarding procedures within the company.
  • Communication techniques to talk to someone who might be at risk.
  • Reporting and escalation protocols.
  • Confidentiality and information sharing.

Record Keeping: Maintain clear and concise records of your staffs credentials, criminal records checks and so on. These records should be stored securely and in accordance with data protection laws. Our packages can support an organisation of any size in a safe, secure and efficient manner.

Reporting: Establish a clear and accessible reporting system for employees and customers to make disclosures about potential abuse. This should include internal reporting channels and information about external reporting bodies where necessary. You will also need to keep concise records of any reported potential abuse.

Collaboration and Communication: Maintain open communication throughout the organisation about safeguarding policies and procedures. Engage with relevant external agencies to ensure a coordinated approach to safeguarding.

Building a Safeguarding Culture:

Creating a safeguarding culture goes beyond policies and procedures. It's about fostering an environment where staff and customers feel comfortable raising concerns and reporting suspected abuse. Here's how to achieve this:

  • Open Communication: Encourage open dialogue about safeguarding and empower staff to speak up without fear of judgment.
  • Leadership Commitment: Senior leadership must openly champion safeguarding and demonstrate a commitment to its importance.
  • Listening and Taking Action: All concerns reported must be taken seriously and responded to promptly with appropriate action.
  • Promoting Wellbeing: Foster a work environment that promotes the well-being of your staff, reducing stress and burnout that can contribute to safeguarding risks.

Demonstrating Safeguarding Credentials to Customers:

Transparency is key to building trust with your customers. Our safeguarding passport, in our view, is the best way you can show your customers that your staff are safe. They can see it for themselves and your staff do not need to continually carry their hard copy documents with them.
Here are some other ways to communicate your safeguarding commitment:

  • Publish your safeguarding policy on your website and make it easily accessible.
  • Display safeguarding accreditation logos or certificates, which includes the use of our logo if you're a client of ours.
  • Include information about your safeguarding procedures in customer-facing documents. The share option and QR code on our app makes this easier for your staff to do in real time.
  • Train customer-facing staff to answer questions about safeguarding practices.

Investing in Safeguarding:

Implementing a robust safeguarding framework protects your staff, customers, and ultimately, your company's reputation. By investing in training, clear procedures, and open communication, you can create a safe and positive environment for everyone involved.

Additional Resources:

  • The National Safeguarding Network ( offers a wealth of safeguarding resources and training.
  • Your local authority may offer safeguarding training and guidance specific to your area.
  • Industry-specific safeguarding organisations may also provide relevant resources.


Building a culture of safeguarding is a continuous process. By regularly reviewing your policies, procedures, and training, you can ensure your organisation remains a safe haven for everyone. Remember, safeguarding is everyone's responsibility; working together, we can create a safer world for all.