We are dedicated to protecting all children and young people participating in Trust programmes and activities, and our safeguarding commitment to them is built on the following principles:

  • That safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We recognise our duty to safeguard children and young people, and we recognise that working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents and carers is essential to this
  • That children and young people’s safety and welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
  • That all children and young people, regardless of their background, have the right to be protected from abuse, exploitation or harm
  • That all safeguarding concerns and allegations of abuse must be taken seriously, reported, and responded to appropriately

Putting our commitment into practice

We have a series of measures in place to help create safe and inclusive environments for children and young people participating in Trust programmes and activities. These include:

  • Recruitment and selection processes to assess the suitability of staff, volunteers and delivery partners to work safely with children and young people
  • The provision of a safeguarding induction to all members of staff and volunteers
  • In-depth safeguarding training for staff and volunteers with additional safeguarding responsibilities
  • A clear, accessible reporting mechanism that supports all staff, volunteers, children and young people to safely report safeguarding concerns or allegations
  • Guidance for all staff, volunteers and other representatives of The Trust on the behaviour expected for any programme and activity with children and young people, whether it’s online or face-to-face