What your role is in safeguarding, and who to go to for support
What is our safeguarding structure?
Everyone within Girlguiding must fully understand and implement the safeguarding policies and procedures relevant to their role and, where these are also provided, guidelines must be followed. To enable this to happen we have a comprehensive Safe Space training programme and a Safeguarding structure that ensures we are pro-actively Safeguarding right across the organisation. The structure includes:
- HQ Safeguarding team - Our Safeguarding team interprets legislation and makes sure Girlguiding is legally compliant and demonstrating effective safeguarding practice.
- National safeguarding lead - Our national safeguarding lead promotes all aspects of safeguarding across the organisation, at a national level. They work closely with HQ to provide support, advice and consultation on safeguarding projects and pieces of work. They also support the Country/region safeguarding lead team.
- Country/region safeguarding leads - Safeguarding leads support the country/region chief commissioner in making sure we are providing guidance to our local leadership teams. They also work with the HQ Safeguarding team where there are allegations, concerns or disclosures from their country or region.
- Safeguarding panel – The safeguarding panel provide independent consideration of safeguarding cases and undertake safeguarding decision appeals, where there is disagreement within a case.
- Commissioners - Commissioners provide support and guidance to leaders who have allegations, concerns, or disclosures. Their role is to be alert, question behaviours, seek advice and support and report any allegations, concerns, or disclosures.
- Unit leaders - Unit leaders provide a safe space for the girls and volunteers in their unit. Their role is also to be alert, question behaviours, seek advice and support and report any allegations, concerns, or disclosures.
- Volunteers -Safeguarding is the responsibility of all volunteers. Volunteers must complete A Safe Space training required by their role to enable them to do this. All volunteers must refer to our A Safe Space pocket guide.
Complying with legal obligations and guidelines
Legislation and government guidance make 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.
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.