Why have a Safeguarding Policy?
Regulated Activity Providers
Under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVGA), Regulated Activity Providers (RAPs) are those responsible for regulated activities such as teaching, training, instruction, care, or supervision on a regular basis. For RAPs, there are legal obligations relating to safeguarding children and incident referrals with which they must comply.
Involvement with children and adults at risk
Some organisations fall outside of the legal requirements but are on the cusp of having to comply due to having some involvement with children and/ or adults at risk.
Many organisations have employees or business partners who directly engage with children and adults at risk, by virtue of having 16 to 18-year-old employees or offering apprenticeships, for example.
Equally, some organisations have indirect involvement with children and adults at risk as part-and-parcel of their business activities. This could include volunteering in the community, visiting schools, or young people visiting their premises. Perhaps the employer is a service business with a contract in a school or care home and, as a result, their employees could encounter children or adults at risk.
Direct and indirect contact with children and young adults raise questions such as:
- do you need to DBS check your workforce?
- do you need to think about ‘safe recruitment’?
- do you need a Safeguarding Policy to ensure your workforce knows what to do in the event of an incident?