Visit the GOV.UK website for information about the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service. If your group involves supporting children, young people and/or vulnerable adults you will need facilitators who have been DBS screened. You may be able to receive support to do this from the Community Participation team. Training is also available to you to ensure that all trustees, staff and volunteers who work with or have responsibility for children and young people, through a short ‘Raising Awareness in Safeguarding’ training course provided by the Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board. Visit the Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership for more information about the training course.
If your group supports children or vulnerable adults your safeguarding procedures for protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults need to be clear to all. Your group must also have a current child protection and/or vulnerable adult policy. Support from the community participation team can be requested to enable you to put these in place by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The policy needs to be reviewed on an annual basis. Having the policy in place supports the safety and protection of both volunteers, children and vulnerable adults. A copy of the policies should be made available or displayed clearly whilst the group is in session and all members should be made aware of it. Further advice about safeguarding training and policies and procedures is available from the Community Participation team.
You will need to ensure you have appropriate insurance in place. Have a discussion with the venue providers as this may be covered by the policy for the building or you may need to purchase this specifically for your group’s needs.
Check that any new activities introduced in your group are covered by your insurance. You might find that certain activities are required to be delivered by a qualified person; e.g. if providing sporting/physical activities, serving hot food etc.
You need to ensure that your group is operating in a fair and none-discriminatory way so it’s advisable to put in place a clear policy that outlines your group’s statement regarding equality and diversity.
Last updated: 03/05/2021 13:40