Safeguarding children and young people

Your guide to proactively safeguarding children and young people

How do we proactively safeguard children and young people?

  • Stability - Develop on-going stable relationships of trust with all those you work with. This means you are more likely to notice if something is wrong.
  • Respect - Treat everyone with the expectation that they are responsible and accountable rather than not.
  • Advocacy - Help others to put forward their own point of view.
  • Accountability - Always respond if you are concerned; never assume someone else has or someone else will.

Complying with legal obligations and guidelines

Legislation and government guidance makes increasingly clear the need for all adults to play a role in safeguarding. We are fully committed to complying with all UK Safeguarding legislation and guidance including the Children Act of 1989 and 2004, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and Care Act 2016. It is the role of the Safeguarding team in HQ to make all volunteers aware of relevant legislation and guidance.

How do we proactively safeguard children and young people?

Safeguarding is not just about Child and Adult Protection, it is a way of working that is embedded in everything we do and the way that we do it. As such, all of us must ensure the following happens, whatever part of the organisation we work in:

We confirm that we have read and understood Girlguiding’s Safeguarding policy and agree to abide by it.
  • Trusted adult - We all need someone to talk to when we have a serious worry or concern. We make sure all our members know who they can trust and talk to in Girlguiding when they need to. We also tell them about organisations they can contact outside Girlguiding if they can’t for any reason talk to someone they know.



What to do if you have a concern

If you have a concern about a girl, young woman or adult in Girlguiding you should read our A Safe Space leaflet and follow the procedure set out in our process for receiving disclosures and our process for allegations and concerns.

You can also contact the Safeguarding team on:

Tel: 0207 834 6242 (usual office hours)

Out of hours emergency phone: 07508 032997

Email: [email protected]

Please note don’t forget to let the Safeguarding team know ASAP if you call the police.

Published: 19 May 2017

Girlguiding policies and procedures are reviewed and updated from time to time as part of a review cycle.