Our team have specialist knowledge and experience in all areas of safeguarding and child protection and work with a range of organisations to help them keep children safe.
Below you'll find some examples of our work. However, every situation and challenge is different so we'll work with you to tailor our service to your particular requirements.
Updating safeguarding policies and procedures
Beacon House is an independent mental health service that works with at risk adults and children, many of whom have experienced abuse and other adversities. Having a concise and up-to-date safeguarding policy is crucial in helping to keep everyone they work with safe. Beacon House approached us because they recognised that they needed to broaden and update their existing safeguarding and safer recruitment policies.
An important first step after a safeguarding incident is to make sure an organisation has a clear governance structure and processes for managing allegations. Our consultant worked closely with their director to put these in place, to make sure that processes are followed and incidents are reported in line with legislation and guidance.
We provided the team at Beacon House with advice and resources to help improve their safeguarding policy, which included mentoring their director.
Beacon House have now reviewed their processes and procedures, identified risk areas and made improvements to these. They have a bespoke safeguarding policy that staff are confident in using, along with things such as new guidelines for if children go missing and developed protocols around the disclosure of abuse. All of these things have been put into place to better protect any reputational risk to them and any harm to children.
Unfortunately, safeguarding incidents do happen. But we can help organisations to avoid them by having the right processes and procedures in place and making sure all staff are trained on these.
Providing a specialised safeguarding plan
Tate Britain held an exhibition by Turner Prize winning artist Steve McQueen from Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020. The work was a collection of photographs of year 3 classes from around London and was one of the most ambitious portraits of children that has ever been done in the UK. The process of photographing thousands of children, then displaying images of them, meant that a robust safeguarding plan had to be in place, and we were brought on board support Tate in their delivery.
Such a large task required meticulous work by our consultant who reviewed documents, identified potential risks and worked closely with Tate Britain to develop mitigations.
An exhibition like this had never taken place before. With two thirds of London's seven to eight year olds taking part, there were many safeguarding aspects to consider and overcome, and we were able to provide reassurance to Tate Britain, the schools involved and thousands of parents.
Other NSPCC colleagues were also brought on board for specialist input around online safety, and the development of workshops for some of the schools involved.
Creating and delivering tailored training
The Harpur Trust provides support to the people of Bedford, giving grants and providing and promoting education. They work with schools in the area in a number of ways and came to us looking to develop a more advanced safeguarding course for their governors.
We met with their education advisor to understand their needs and what they wanted to achieve. We then helped to create tailored training materials and delivered them in sessions to the governors.
The hard work of our dedicated consultant helped to build the confidence of both the education advisor and the governors. They now have up-to-date training for governors, who are able to carry out their roles more effectively, and provide additional support to safeguarding leads in their schools.
The education advisor has since replicated their training and used it with new governors and the work that we did with them will keep providing impact into the future.
Talk to us about your safeguarding needs
If you want to find out more or discuss a particular challenge, call us on 0116 234 7246, email firstname.lastname@example.org or enquire online.