• Support for you and your organisation

    Organisations have a legal duty to keep the adults and children they are in contact with safe and free from harm. Newcastle CVS has brought together information and resources to help you and your organisation.

    Newcastle Safeguarding Children and Adults and Domestic Abuse Joint Training Programme

    Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board, Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board and Safe Newcastle have produced their first joint training programme for April 2017 to March 2018. The multi-agency training is free for voluntary organisations active in Newcastle, although cancellation charges may apply. There is also free online training. For up to date additonal courses visit the training pages of the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board.

  • Newcastle CVS safeguarding information sheets

  • Does your organisation work with adults at risk of abuse and neglect, or with children?

    Everyone has a responsibility to keep adults at risk and children safe and free from harm. Your organisation has a legal duty to protect children and adults at risk. You can do this by putting safeguards in place when:

    • Recruiting and managing paid staff and volunteers, including trustees or governing body members
    • Planning and carrying out activities
    • Giving information and advice

    Putting proper processes, policies and procedures into place and taking up training can show your organisation has complied with its duty of care.

    DBS checks (used to be called CRB checks)
    Part of safeguarding children and adults at risk involves having safe recruitment and supervision processes, which include carrying out appropriate checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  

    Drawing up your recruitment of ex-offenders policy
    All employers must treat Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check applicants who have a criminal record fairly. For a sample policy visit 

    What to do if there is something on the DBS check

    Safeguarding children VCS actions

    1. Write or update your safeguarding children policy and procedures

    Resources to support you include:

    NSPCC guidance on writing policies, and more
    Useful free resources written especially for smaller voluntary organisations and clubs, to help make activities safe for children and help you write your policy and procedures.

    Multi-faith films on safeguarding
    Films on safeguarding in the major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism. Hosted by the NSPCC, produced by the Safe Network (now closed).

    Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB)
    NSCB offers local practice guidance, policies, procedures and publications.

    2. Write or update your safe recruitment policy and procedures

    Many organisations have a separate recruitment policy and procedure which includes pre-recruitment and ongoing DBS checks. See DBS leaflet above.

    3. Consider your staff and volunteer training needs

    Free Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board, Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board and Safe Newcastle training, including online training for organisations active in Newcastle. Includes training on teenage relationship abuse, and impact of domestic violence and abuse on children.

    4. Work with the LADO if there are allegations against staff and volunteers

    All organisations must set out in their safeguarding children policy what they would do in the event of an allegation against an adult who works with children. The policy must include who is their Designated Officer to deal with allegations.

    If there is an allegation about a staff member or volunteer that they have significantly harmed a child, a referral must be made to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). To contact the Newcastle LADO call Melanie Scott on 0191 2774636

    Safeguarding adults VCS actions

    1. Write or update your safeguarding adults policy and procedures
    Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board has multi-agency policy and procedures, which include the Care Act changes from 1 April 2015. There is a template for voluntary organisations to use when writing their policy and procedures, under 'P' on the Safeguarding Adults multi agency policy and procedures page.

    2. Write or update your safe recruitment policy and procedures
    Many organisations have a separate recruitment policy and procedure which includes pre-recruitment and ongoing DBS checks. 

    3. Consider your staff and volunteer training needs

    Free Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board, Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board and Safe Newcastle training, including online training for organisations active in Newcastle. Includes training on teenage relationship abuse, and impact of domestic violence and abuse on children.

     

  • Worried about a child, young person or adult?

    Children (Under 18)

    If the young person is not yet 18, safeguarding concerns should be raised using your organisation’s safeguarding children procedures. The information below can help you.

    Newcastle Children's Social Care Initial Response Team
    This team can be contacted during office hours on 0191 277 2500 

    Newcastle Emergency Duty Team
    This team can be contacted outside of office hours on 0191 278 7878

    National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    This is a 24 hour helpline and includes speakers of some Asian languages. Call 0800 800 5000

    Northumbria Police Safeguarding Department
    For issues and advice relating to children and adults. They can be contacted by calling 101 and asking for the Safeguarding Department. 

    Guidance flowchart about sexual exploitation/child sexual exploitation
    Northumbria Police has produced a guidance flowchart for practitioners if they have concerns that a child or adult is at risk of sexual exploitation. The chart sets outs the various routes that can be taken by the practitioner including seeking advice. The basic message is to follow multi-agency safeguarding adults and safeguarding children procedures.
    Click here to download the flowchart


    Adults (over 18)

    If you have safeguarding concerns about a young person who is aged 18 or over, you should raise them using your organisation's safeguarding adult procedures. Safeguarding adult procedures changed from 1 April under the Care Act 2014 to include more adults at risk. The following information can help you.

    Newcastle Community Health and Social Care Direct Team
    This team can be contacted during office hours on 0191 278 8377

    Newcastle out of hours service

    This service can be contacted out of office hours on 0191 278 78 78

    Northumbria Police Safeguarding Department
    For issues and advice relating to children and adults. They can be contacted by calling 101 and asking for the Safeguarding Department. 

    Guidance flowchart about sexual exploitation/child sexual exploitation
    Northumbria Police has produced a guidance flowchart for practitioners if they have concerns that a child or adult is at risk of sexual exploitation. The chart sets outs the various routes that can be taken by the practitioner including seeking advice. The basic message is to follow multi-agency safeguarding adults and safeguarding children procedures.
    Click here to download the flowchart

     

  • Useful resources and support

    Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board
    Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) is the statutory mechanism for agreeing how organisations will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Newcastle. 

    Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board

    Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) is the statutory board that aims to ensure that Newcastle safeguarding arrangement and partners act to help and protect adults aged 18 and over who:

    • Have care and support needs even if they do not have care services
    • Are experiencing or at risk of abuse and neglect
    • And as a result of their care and support needs are unable to protect themselves from the risk of experience or abuse

    • Click here to find out more 

    Safeguarding children from abuse by sexual exploitation
    This free e-learning course ‘Safeguarding Children from abuse by sexual exploitation is recommended for all voluntary and community organisations that directly work face-to-face with children and young people across Newcastle. 

    NSCB child protection procedures manual August 2016
    The Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual has been updated.

    Inspire
    Information and support for Muslim women to safeguard children against radicalisation, extremism and grooming for violence, Making a Stand campaign, open letter to young Muslim girls considering leaving the UK and more.

    LADO
    All organisations working with children aged up to 18 must set out in their policy what they would do in the event of an allegation against an adult who works with children. The policy must include who is their Designated Officer to deal with allegations. If there is an allegation about a staff member or volunteer that they have significantly harmed a child a referral must be made to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
    To contact the Newcastle LADO call Melanie Scott on 0191 277 4636.

    Newcastle Multi-agency Sexual Exploitation Strategy
    Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board and Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board have agreed a joint multi-agency strategy to tackle the sexual exploitation of children and adults at risk, and a joint sexual exploitation communication strategy setting out how various communities and agencies will be approached. 

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