You are required to have a Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) on your team. The DSL(s) will act as the main source of support, advice and expertise for safeguarding.
You will be responsible for…
- writing a safeguarding policy
- ensuring volunteers are recruited safely
- providing training for volunteers so that they can recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns
- referring cases of suspected harm, exploitation and abuse to the local authority social care as required.
- referring cases where a crime may have been committed to the Police as required.
- ensuring that any safeguarding concerns raised about volunteers are addressed and appropriately resolved with guidance from your Lead Sponsor.
- ensuring there is an appropriate safeguarding monitoring and reporting procedures in place.
- keeping accurate, secure, written records of safeguarding concerns and actions.
- ensuring that all safeguarding concerns are stored securely and accessed only by authorised persons.
It is NOT your responsibility to …decide whether someone has been abused or not – that is the responsibility of investigative statutory agencies like social work services or the police.
If you do not have someone with safeguarding experience on your team, there are lots of courses and trainings, such as Positive Learning or NSPCC.
Read our Guide for Designated Safeguarding Leads
Download slides from our recent workshop for DSLs.