Safeguarding guidance and checklist for voluntary and community sector organisations

Safeguarding Children Guidance 

The Kirklees Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adult Boards have developed guidance specifically for voluntary, community and faith sector organisations in Kirklees. The guidance includes::

Safeguarding Guidance for Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector Organisations in Kirklees (PDF)

Changes to DBS and Barred List Checks

Safeguarding Children In Sport

Safeguarding Children in Golf has launched a new website. The Organisation's mission is to ensure Instructors, Volunteers and anyone else working with children are using best safeguarding practice. Its work is facilitated by the NSPCC's Child Protection in Sport Unit.  Posted 11 February 2013.



Safeguarding Children and Young People in Football

NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Guidance.

West Yorkshire Sport

Updated 22/07/2014

Safeguarding Checklist

The Safeguarding Board recommends that voluntary and community groups use this checklist to assess their current level of safeguarding practice, identify any concerns and areas for improvement, and identify any support that may be needed to implement improvements:

Safeguarding Checklist - A self-assessment tool for the voluntary sector (Word document)

Safeguarding Checklist -  A self-assessment tool for the voluntary sector (PDF) 

If you wish to receive feedback or advice on your completed checklist please send it to or by post to 
Becki Hinchliffe
Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board
Brian Jackson House
Mezzamine Floor
2 New North Parade

As an alternative to the safeguarding checklist we also have a short online survey that Voluntary, Community and Faith organisations can complete. This survey only takes 10 minutes to complete and in addition to prompting you to think about what your organisation needs to have in place it also helps us to understand the support that we need to provide to improve safeguarding children practice across Kirklees.

To start the survey click here

NSPCC guidance and support for the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector

This set of recommended standards and accompanying guidance will help non-statutory organisations in England that work with children and young people up to the age of 25, to put clear safeguarding arrangements in place.

They are aimed at voluntary and community organisations, as well as social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations that may not consider themselves to be within the voluntary, community and faith sectors.

The standards help organisations to take responsibility for keeping children, young people and young adults safe; have a practical approach; and comply with legislation and national guidance. They provide useful templates, examples, and links to further information, and are designed to be used alongside our safeguarding tool.

The “Are they Safe” guide will help you set up safeguarding measures in your group or organisation. It has been written for leaders of a wide range of voluntary and community groups working with children and young people aged 0-18 in England, but may also be useful to groups elsewhere in the UK.

It’s aimed at groups who are in the early stages of thinking about safeguarding, but it can be helpful to those who already have some experience of working with children and keeping them safe. Organisations with more safeguarding experience may also find our Safeguarding standards and online safeguarding tool useful.

The guide has 9 steps, which walk you through developing a safeguarding plan and implementing it to protect children from harm. It contains information about what safeguarding is, explains why voluntary and community groups need safeguards, and provides links to further information that will help you work through each step.

An accompanying wall chart allows you to note down safe practice you already have in place, and to record your planned actions for each step. Displayed in a prominent place it becomes a visual record of your progress.

Authors: NSPCC
Published: 2017


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