Sir Michael Bichard stated a tough fact in his report:
‘ .. for those agencies whose job it is to protect children and vulnerable people, the harsh reality is that if a sufficiently devious person is determined to seek out opportunities to work their evil, no one can guarantee that they will be stopped. Our task is to make it as difficult as possible for them to succeed…’
A number of cases illustrate this deviousness.
Working Together to Safeguard Children is the Guidance from the Department for Education, and includes information on the responsibilities of local safeguarding boards and management of cases. Part two is the best practice guide for those working in the sector, The Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is responsible for providing detailed safer recruitment training. The approach it outlines is equally relevant to voluntary groups and other sectors.
Ensuring effective Whistleblowing procedures is another topic that organisations need to consider.
The case of John Owen which led to the Clwch inquiry in 2004 received relatively little publicity following his suicide, however it led to a complete review of policies on whistleblowing by the Department of Education. The timeline of the case is worth reviewing.