Voluntary and community sector: keeping children safe

We all have a responsibility to help keep children safe. If you, or an organisation, you're involved with, works with children and young people then you need to make sure you've got the right policies and procedures in place. 

But we understand it can be difficult to know exactly what you need to do, especially if you're organising a one-off event or if you work in an informal or voluntary setting.

So we've put together a series of tools and guidance to help. 

Are they safe?

Guidance on how to set out your organisation's approach to protecting children in your safeguarding policy with tips on what to include and an example policy you can tailor to your needs.


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Safeguarding standards and guidance

Resources to help non-statutory organisations to put in place clear safeguarding arrangements.

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Safeguarding checklist

An online safeguarding tool for organisations working with children and young people from 0-25 years. Easy to use checklist covers key safeguarding areas and essential resources.


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Writing a safeguarding policy

Guidance on setting out a safeguarding policy for your organisation.

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Safeguarding children in faith communities

Guidance about safeguarding from within the beliefs, teachings and cultural context of faith communities. 

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Safeguarding children in BME communities

A resource for safeguarding facilitators and others working with families in black and minority ethnic communities.

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Safeguarding d/Deaf and disabled children

Information to help organisations protect d/Deaf and disabled children from abuse.

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Safeguarding for performing arts

Advice and guidance for keeping children safe in music, drama, dance, TV and theatre.


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Training courses

Elearning and face-to-face training courses for anyone working or volunteering with children and young people.



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Child protection consultancy

Support from our experts who will work with you to identify clear steps you can take to help your staff and organisation keep children safe.


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Online safety and social media

Guidance for organisations and groups about communicating with children and young people online and through social media.

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Information about why radicalisation is a safeguarding concern, what can make children vulnerable and what you can do to help protect them.

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