We all have a role to play in keeping people safe. Safeguarding means protecting a person’s right to live safely, free from abuse and neglect.

What is Safeguarding?

We all have a role to play in keeping people safe. Safeguarding means protecting a person’s right to live safely, free from abuse and neglect.

Your Responsibilities

Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone in your organisation, including your Staff, Volunteers and Trustees. Everyone should understand how to recognise, respond and report a concern.
“Trustees should promote a fair, open and positive culture and ensure all involved feel able to report concerns, confident that they will be heard and responded to” – Charity Commission

Join our Safeguarding e-network

Our network for safeguarding leads of third sector organisations provides regular updates, training and news to support you in your role. To join the group email

Safeguarding Policies

We recommend you have separate safeguarding policies for children and ‘adults at risk’ as there are different approaches to take. Your safeguarding procedures will outline how to report a concern. Everyone involved in your organisation should know how to report a concern, and who your Safeguarding Lead is. We have template policies and procedures you can use as a starting point for developing your own. Please contact

Assessing Risk

When you are undertaking any new activity or creating a new role within your organisation then a risk assessment should be carried out. This will include any safeguarding risks and appropriate safety measures. Having a ‘code of conduct’ or ‘expectations’ document will help staff and volunteers to understand what they should and shouldn’t do in their role. This should help everyone to understand boundaries and avoid unsafe practice.

Safer Recruitment

Your recruitment processes will relate to the level of risk involved. Safer recruitment is not just about criminal record checks (DBS). Other processes might include, ID checks, references, induction and training, supervision and probationary periods etc. There is no eligibility requirement for a basic DBS check. However, if you are considering asking a person to apply for a standard or enhanced DBS check, you need to make sure the role is eligible. The DBS eligibility tool is a good starting point:

Kirklees Council carry out a DBS processing service for a small admin fee. Contact us for more information and a copy of the application form.

Training and Development

Basic Awareness Training (for all staff and volunteers) – we recommend this is undertaken every 3 years.

An Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect (e-learning)

Safeguarding Adults at Risk- Basic Awareness- Contact us to access this free training (delivered online in 90 mins) or for a copy of the Safeguarding Adults Basic Awareness Workbook for Volunteers.

Training for Safeguarding Leads – we recommend this is undertaken every 3 years.

‘Working Together to Safeguarding Children’ (full day) and Refresher (half day). Free to charity and community groups in Kirklees

Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board – ‘Concerns Manager’ Training (3 hours) –

Safeguarding Learning and Development

There are a wide range of opportunities delivered by the Kirklees Safeguarding partnerships to develop your skills and understanding. These include topics such as Domestic Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation, Prevent and Modern Slavery. You can view more details here:
KSCP Elearning:
KSCP Online Events:
KSCP Practice presentations and 5 minute Guides:
KSAB training plan:

If you can’t find what you are looking for then please let us know and we will do our best to help.

Resources and Factsheets

This webpage has been developed as part of our work to improve access to safeguarding support materials. We are part of the West Yorkshire and York Safeguarding Training Partnership for VCSEs. This Safeguarding Training fund is a jointly funded programme developed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund. Find out more here: