What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding describes the actions taken to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and to protect them from harm.
Safeguarding is everybody's business and all staff and volunteers play a part in keeping children and adults at risk safe. This includes ensuring we act according to safer working practice principles, consider safety in all aspects of work, and know what to do if you have a worry about a child or adult at risk.
We ensure that all staff and volunteers understand how to play their part by ensuring:
- We protect children, young people and adults at risk from abuse and harm by appropriately responding to any concerns
- We prevent harm to children, young people and adults at risk by making sure the way we work keeps people safe and does not place them at risk of harm.
We can do this by:
- making sure we have and follow good safeguarding policies and procedures accessible by all
- ensuring all staff and volunteers understand safeguarding in relation to their role and the part they play in keeping people safe
- providing safeguarding training for all staff and volunteers.
What does this mean for you as a local group?
Your meetings and events provide much needed support and information to people living with diabetes and their families.
We have a simple guide – Keeping Safe and Legal, Health, Safety and Welfare (PDF, 2MB) – to help you consider the safety and welfare of everyone involved with your group
What do I do if I have a worry about a child or adult at risk?
See our flowchart (PDF, 60KB) for what to do if you are worried about a child or adult at risk.
I’d like to run an event for children what do I need to do?
If you would like to run an event for children please speak to your local team for specific for approval.
In order to make sure all events are safe and legal and covered by our insurance we have guidance for planning safe events for children (Word, 101KB).
Regional and National Safeguarding Leads
Eastern and Midlands regions:
Tel: 020 7424 2606
London and South East:
Tel: 020 7424 1116
North West and Northern & Yorkshire regions:
Tel: 020 7424 2317
Tel: 020 7424 2404
Tel: 020 7424 2509
Tel: 020 7424 2102
Tel: 020 7424 2205
We also have a dedicated safeguarding team you can contact on 020 7424 1047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.