We know from the news that child abuse can happen within any type of organisation. It is important for all organisations to understand the potential risks they pose to children from their staff, programmes and operations, and how to minimise those risks.
Without a clearer child safeguarding policy and procedures, staff and volunteers may respond differently to a child safeguarding concern. This could put that child at even greater risk. Child safeguarding policies can only prevent some aspects of child abuse. No organisation can ever be 100 per cent ‘child safe.’
Finally, an organisation also needs to be clear about what actions will be taken when abuse occurs outside the organisation but is brought to its attention.
In this lesson, we are going to explore challenging and complex issues and decisions in child safeguarding and illustrate the need for guidance and procedure relevant to the organisation’s responsibility and mandate.