It is recommended that at least one person in your faith institution is a “designated safeguarding officer”. This person will take the lead on safeguarding.
- Take part in safeguarding children training every 2 years and have ready access to relevant resources.
- Ensure that there is an effective child protection policy and staff code of conduct in place. Copies of these should be provided to all staff members and also be available for the public and parents to view.
- Ensure that the child protection policy is reviewed annually and updated where necessary.
- Act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff members and help them to understand when it’s essential to report their concerns.
- Keep detailed, accurate and secure written records of concerns and referrals.
- Have knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference, plus be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so.
- Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention, including how to contribute towards an inter-agency assessment.
- Work closely with the local authority and other relevant agencies.
- Put in place appropriate safeguarding responses to children who go missing from educational classes and faith supplementary schools, particularly on repeat occasions.
- Decide whether to make a referral to children’s social care when a concern has been made.
It’s essential that the Designated Safeguarding Officer is given the time, funding, training, resources and support to perform these responsibilities successfully. This person has an important job to undertake and they must be able to do it as best as they can, without hindrance.
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