All organisations should have a designated person who is responsible for making sure that the child safeguarding policy is implemented and followed. This role should reflect the nature and structure of the organisation and the person should have enough support to carry out the role. At each appropriate level or setting there should be a named person/s who people can talk to about child safeguarding matters. Everyone should know how to contact them. Other people in the organisation can then go to them if they have concerns about child safeguarding or abuse.
The designated Child Safeguarding Focal Point is responsible for hearing any child-abuse concerns in an organisation, and then dealing with those concerns. Focal points should be appointed so that children can have access to a trusted adult where they will be listened to if they want to make a complaint.
The role of the Designated Child Safeguarding Focal Point is to:
act as a focal point to receive information about child safeguarding concerns;
ensure that all information is recorded on the child safeguarding incident form and referred to the child safeguarding committee within 24 hours;
maintain the child safeguarding incident tracker;
Provide overall support to the wider implementation of policies and procedures to safeguard children;
seek guidance from the child safeguarding committee;
assess child safeguarding risks within the organisation, including its programs and projects;
consult with local agencies whenever necessary and gather up to date information about service provision;
ensure that referral pathways for child safeguarding responses are updated in consultation with the Child Safeguarding Committee;
in consultation with the Child Safeguarding Committee, make a formal referral to a statutory agency (e.g., police) or other organisation, if appropriate;
The workshop will give participants the knowledge and skills required of Child Safeguarding Focal Points to be able to support their organisations in implementing their child safeguarding policy and procedures.
Who can benefit from the workshop?
This workshop is aimed at anyone with the responsibility to support child safeguarding procedures in their organisation.
By the end of the workshop participants should be better able to:
Understand more about the problem of child abuse and how local cultural practices, traditions and faith influence how children are safeguarded;
Understand what is required to protect children from harm in different legal and cultural contexts;
Carry out risk assessments and developing mitigating strategies;
Carry out local mapping of organisations that can support child safeguarding;
Support the planning and integration of child safeguarding throughout an organisation, including programmes and operations;
Assist in developing and implementing appropriate response mechanisms should a child safeguarding concern arise;
Strengthen the involvement of children, carers and the community in child safeguarding
What do we understand by the term child abuse?
Exploring our own views, values and beliefs about child abuse
Establishing some common areas of agreement about child abuse
Identifying the main types of child abuse
Exploring practical ways of addressing any conflict that may exist between cultural practices, beliefs and safeguarding children
Child safeguarding: An Overview
Understanding the role and responsibilities of a child safeguarding focal person
Mapping out an organisation’s contact with children
Identifying risks of harm to children and developing mitigation strategies
Carrying out an organisational child safeguarding audit
What makes a good child safeguarding policy and how to develop it
Developing complaint mechanisms
Supporting senior management in the management of serious child safeguarding allegations
Engaging children and the community in child safeguarding
Planning for the implementation of child safeguarding procedures
Monitoring and evaluating child safeguarding
Developing a personal action plan
If you have any questions or would like a free consultation, please contact Paz Redondo, Global Capacity Building Coordinator. Telephone: 44 (0) 207 250 8325; Email: Paz.Redondo@keepingchildrensafe.org.uk.