What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is protecting vulnerable adults or children from abuse or neglect. It means making sure people are supported to get good access to health care and stay well. It is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and adults and protecting them from harm.
Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare includes:
• Protecting them from maltreatment or things that are bad for their health or development.
• Making sure they grow up in circumstances that allow safe and effective care.
Safeguarding adults includes:
• Protecting their rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
• People and organisations working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect, and to stop them from happening.
• Making sure people's well-being is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding children and child protection applies to all children up to the age of 18.
All organisations that come into contact with children and adults should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs. Here at St Anthony’s all our Safeguarding Policies are linked with the Northampton Diocese.
Educare Training for Safeguarding
The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters.
However, we all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults who may be at risk and it is for this reason that we have worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community in England and Wales. The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.
By providing an opportunity for individuals to access online training on a variety of topics at a time and place that suits them. EduCare’s training programmes can help individuals familiarise themselves with safeguarding matters, helping to create a nurturing and safer environment. The Child Exploitation & Online Safety programme will be of particular interest to parents who will be keen to understand how children and young people use technology and better understand the associated risks.
What do I need to do to access this training resource?
For more information about Educare please have a look at the poster on the information board outside the Church.