What is Safeguarding?

In order for safeguarding to work effectively we need people to understand what it is, why it’s relevant to them and what they should do in the future should they suspect abuse is occurring.

What is Safeguarding?

“Safeguarding” refers to measures designed to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals.

These measures allow children, young people and adults at risk to live free from abuse, harm and neglect.

Every organisation, small group and individual should be aware of their responsibility in work and society.

Why You and Your Organisation Should be Aware of Safeguarding

All organisations need to have strategies and practices in place to ensure that people in their organisation are safe and know how to raise concerns. This is generally known as ‘safeguarding’. But to some, this may not be an easy term to understand.  So you need to ensure that you use language that as many people as possible can understand and engage with.

It’s not enough for people to have knowledge and awareness about safeguarding. It’s also important that they know what their role and responsibility is if they witness abuse, or are informed that someone has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed. For example: Do they know how and who to report to? What should they deal with themselves? Or should they even deal with it at all?

We have been working in collaboration with a variety of professionals who are, in one way and another, involved or responsible for safeguarding. From charity organisations, local churches to professional magicians and voluntary organisations, we asked a handful of our peers to help us explain what Safeguarding is.

The Ann Craft Trust would like to thank the following people and organisations for their participation in this video.

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