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's a way of working that is embedded in everything we do and the way that we do it. So all of us must ensure the following happens, whatever part of the organisation we work in:

  • Consent - We make sure girls, young women, adults and parents have all the information they need to make an informed decision before choosing whether to take part in activities, events, trips and overseas visits.
  • Digital communications - We follow strict guidelines to make sure that when we communicate electronically we don’t place anyone at risk of harm. More detailed information and guidance can be found in our Digital safeguarding policy.
  • Partner organisations - When working with partner organisations, a term of our agreement with them will be that they state:
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 pocket guide and follow the procedure set out in our process for receiving disclosures and our process for allegations and concerns.

You can also contact the HQ Safeguarding team on:

Tel: 0207 834 6242 ext. 3037 (usual office hours)

Out of hours emergency phone: 07508 032997 (5pm - 10pm Monday - Friday and 9am - 10pm Saturday/Sunday). Please do not text the out of hours number as we are unable to access these messages.

Email: [email protected]

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