Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults
Wyre Forest District Council (WFDC) believes that all young people have the right to enjoy a safe, friendly and welcoming environment.
In accordance with our Safeguarding Policy, WFDC will:
- Ensure all staff and volunteers are appropriately qualified
- Operate a comprehensive and effective recruitment process
- Promote a code of conduct for all staff and volunteers
- Follow national good practice guidelines at all times
- Provide relevant training for staff and volunteers
- Create a high awareness of WFDC's Safeguarding Children Policy
- Assist local voluntary organisations to develop child protective policies
- Establish effective procedures to deal with any concerns
Above all, we will always put the interests and welfare of young people first and foremost.
You may feel reluctant to voice your concerns in case you are wrong or worried about the impact on your child, but if you are concerned you must take action.
If you have a concern about safesguarding during one of our activities or events:
- Speak to other parents
- Speak to the leader in charge, who will register your concerns and follow established procedures
- If you are not confident that they are the appropriate person, contact the WFDC Safeguarding Advisor
- If you are unhappy about the response you receive, contact the Family Front Door; NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or your local Police.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or young person
Worcestershire Safeguarding Children's Board is responsible for the protection and wellbeing of children in the county. The overall role of WSCB is to coordinate local work within the various agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to ensure the effectiveness of what the member organisations do individually and together. Inter-agency working is at the heart of safeguarding and protecting children and the WSCB works to ensure that all the agencies communicate with one another in the interests of the child.
If you have any concerns about a particular child then contact the FAMILY FRONT DOOR. This is the single way to report a concern about a child or request additional help for a family.
If you have any concerns about a particular child or young person and feel that they may be in need of protection or safeguarding members of the public should contact the Family Front Door on 01905 822666 from Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
If you have reason to believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk from harm contact the Police on 999.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
CSE involves children and young people under 18 in exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people receive ‘something’ as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities.
If you have reason to believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk from harm contact the Police on 999 or the Family Front Door on 01905 822666 from Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.
The main purpose of Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) is to promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of harm for people with care and support needs.
WSAB operate at a strategic level to monitor the effectiveness of the safeguarding work carried out by all of our partner members and partner agencies. They seek to promote a culture within the County that recognises the values and principles contained in ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’.
If you are concerned about the welfare of an adult
If you have concerns that you, or someone that you know, is being abused, neglected or you believe a crime has been committed call the Police on 999. If you need an urgent response please call: 01905 768053.
DBS Checks for Voluntary Sector Groups
Worcestershire County Council is an approved 'umbrella' body and is able to carry out checks for the voluntary sector. The service includes the provision of guidance notes and training for ID checkers. Please contact:
Tel: 01905 766529 or 766088
WFDC Safeguarding Advisor
Tel: 01562 732701
Our Safeguarding policy is currently under review, please email us to request a copy.