The world of safeguarding has been fundamentally changed by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and the restructure of the Criminal Records and Barring systems. Significantly less roles will be eligible for enhanced disclosures, and the content of disclosures will be reduced. There will be challenges to over zealous safeguarding policies. In parallel, key cases are considering the legality of the ISA decision making process and the rights of sex offenders.
All organisations involved with children and vulnerable adults need to review their policies and procedures, related job descriptions and recruitment practice to align with the new laws and the new definition of ‘regulated activity’. In parallel, safer recruitment practice, whistle-blowing procedures and systems to enable the early reporting of concerns about behaviour need to be effective.
As well as working with major charities, county councils and regulators to develop policies, we offer open safeguarding training courses and conferences. We can provide experienced and knowledgeable consultants and speakers about these topics for your organisation.Please contact us by email to discuss a briefing for your organisation or to discuss speaker availability.