Safer London is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Safer London works to prevent and address the impact of violence and exploitation on young people and their families. We believe every young person should be able to enjoy a life where they feel safe and free from an ever-present threat of harm. We believe that making London safer for young people makes it safer for everyone.
Safer London believes that:
- children and young people should never experience abuse or maltreatment of any kind;
- it has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people to keep them safe and to work in a way that protects them.
Safer London recognises that:
- the welfare of the child is paramount;
- all children have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation;
- some children can be considered to be more at risk due to the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues, including being a member of a minority ethnic group, having a disability, being very young (infants are at higher risk) or a young carer (since this group is often isolated as well as protective of those they are caring for);
- working in partnership with children and their parents or carers, as well as other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare.
Safer London will seek to keep children safe by:
- valuing, listening to and respecting them;
- appointing a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), a deputy DSL and a Lead Trustee for Safeguarding;
- adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures for staff and volunteers;
- providing effective management of staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures;
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made;
- recording and storing information professionally and securely;
- sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers via one-to-one discussions, group work, leaflets and other channels;
- using our child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know and involving children, parents/ carers and families appropriately;
- using our procedures to manage any safeguarding allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately;
- creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise;
- ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place;
- ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for the children we work with, our staff and volunteers by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance;
- ensuring our work is anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive, and recognises the possibility of unconscious bias.