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Safeguarding Solutions

I stumbled across Kim's work late last year and was impressed with her refreshing approach to safeguarding children.  Her strategies are innovative, respectful, and effective, and involve working collaboratively with agencies to develop tailor-made, ongoing solutions - rather than just the standard, one-size-fits-all, approach taken by many safeguarding consultants."

Alasdair Roy OAM,

Consultant Psychologist and Former

Children and Young People Commissioner (Human Rights Commission), ACT, Australia

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Just as we use different approaches to help safeguard our houses. We need to adopt different measures to safeguard our organisations.

 

Safer organisations don't just happen. They need to be created.

We advocate thinking of your safeguarding solutions as falling under 5 Core Components. Individually, these safeguarding solutions for these components help to strengthen key areas of practice. Collectively, 

these solutions and components help to create the foundations for a safeguarding culture.

5 Core Components of Safeguarding 

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Select a jigsaw piece to see just some ways Holistic Safeguarding can help you with safeguarding solutions. Alternatively, contact us for a free no-obligation consultation and we can guide you through the best solutions for you and your organisational needs.

Governance, Leadership & Culture

A safeguarding culture sits with an organisation's Governance and Leadership. Most of these safeguarding solutions are designed to either directly support or be in conjunction with Executive Staff.

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  • Additional learning via our virtual classroom or as In-house training (face-to-face or online) - 

    • Child Protection for Governance and Leadership

    • Safer Organisations

    • Safeguarding Organisations from Unsafe People

    • Mitigating Child Safety Risks

  • Safeguarding Needs Analysis.

  • Child safety risk assessment and mitigation strategies 

  • Development and implementation of a safeguarding action plan.

  • Integrating safeguarding into organisational strategic plans and operational needs and reporting frameworks (e.g. Board reports, etc.).

  • Safeguarding self-assessments, audits and monitoring frameworks.

 

Required or Best Practice?

To have a safe workforce is to firstly identify if you seeking to work to required or best practice? This decision can determine the safeguarding solutions you need and who they will apply to. It is important to note that organisations can still remain exposed to significant vulnerabilities when working to required practice (e.g. the Children Act 2014).​​

  • Additional learning via our virtual classroom or as In-house training (face-to-face or online) - 

    • Child Safe Safer Recruitment (currently via our virtual classroom but soon to be offered as eLearning)

    • Safer Organisations

    • Managing Allegations Against Staff 

  • Creating child safe Policy Frameworks.

  • Developing or reviewing child safe policies and procedures, e.g. Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, etc.

  • Tailored child safety policy resources, e.g. sector templates, etc.

  • Incorporating safeguarding into HR Management, e.g.safeguarding induction strategies/resources, staff management/supervision/appraisal structures, etc.

  • Integrating safeguarding into organisational values.

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All People & All Environments

Safe practice must relate to all forms of practice and conduct and be across all organisational environments (physical and online). This can be one of the most challenging components for organisations to navigate without support. Sometimes the balance between operational needs and safeguarding requirements can appear overwhelming or misaligned. 

We work with customers to identify solutions that are practical, proportionate and tailored to their organisational needs. Ensuring a holistic approach is taken. so everyone is safeguarded - children, staff and the organisation.

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  • Additional learning via our virtual classroom or as In-house training (face-to-face or online) - 

    • Responding to Disclosures

    • Managing Allegations Against Staff 

    • Refresher learning

  • Identifying safeguarding frameworks that incorporate Safeguarding Staff.

  • Strategies and coaching on disseminating safeguarding developments that support a culture of working with staff and not doing to staff.

  • Developing or revising Child Safety Policies and Procedures, e.g. Safeguarding Codes of Conduct, Child Focused Complaint Processes, Safeguarding Events Policies etc.

  • Incorporating safeguarding into inclusivity, equity and diversity practice.

  • Integrating safeguarding as a shared workforce responsibility that is demonstrated in everyday thinking and practice.

 

Recognising, Responding to, Reporting, Referring and Recording Concerns

All organisation safeguarding incident structures as a minimum should support these critical child protection Rs. However, to develop a safeguarding culture is to also think about how safeguarding is accommodated as a specific structure within your organisation.

  • Mentoring and coaching for organisation Safeguarding Staff.

  • Additional learning via our virtual classroom or as In-house training (face-to-face or online) - 

    • Responding to Disclosures

    • Managing Allegations Against Staff 

    • The Trilogy of Risk

  • Establishing incident reporting structures.

  • Developing or reviewing child safety policies and procedures, including those relating to historical concerns.

  • Independent specialist support for child safety incidents.

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Empowerment & Engagement

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Safeguarding should never be a solo journey. In addition to being a shared organisational responsibility, a safeguarding culture should actively include all stakeholders. This includes the children and young people you are supporting and their families.

  • Our Child Protection for Volunteers and Helpers eLearning course.

  • Identifying and supporting the implementation of stakeholder engagement strategies and solutions.

  • Helping organisations develop child-centred practice to promote and encourage a say something culture.

  • Developing or coaching organisations through strategies for capturing the child's voice within all safeguarding strategies.

  • Implementing safeguarding monitoring and evaluation structures.

  • Developing tailored child safety policies, procedures and guidance for stakeholders.

  • Tailoring organisational guidance and resources to incorporate safeguarding.

  • Ensuring organisations have the necessary policies and procedures in place to support working together with child protection services when needed.