Safeguarding Policy – advice for partners
As part of the Manchester Safeguarding Standard, the MSAB and MSCB require all partners to have safeguarding policies and procedures that are compliant with MSAB and/or MSCB safeguarding procedures.
Guidelines for putting together a safeguarding policy for your organisation
- Refer to the Care Act 2014 or Working Together 2018 – the definitive sources for safeguarding advice and containing both statutory guidance and non statutory practice guidance.
- Each agency should identify a safeguarding lead whose details are well publicised throughout the organisation.
- Clear arrangements should be put in place for regular monitoring and supervision, with a defined escalation procedure.
- Staff should have access to ‘Reporting concerns‘ and ‘What to do if you’re worried a child or adult is being abused’ information.
- Staff should familiarise themselves with common indicators of abuse – more information is available on this website.
- Staff should be encouraged to attend safeguarding training regularly – visit the MSB training website for further information.
- Steps should be taken to ensure accurate, secure recording mechanisms: make a clear written record of all observations, actions and conversations. Record carefully what the adult or child says in their own words. Keep sensitive information locked away or password protected.
- Special provision should be made for adults or children with impaired communication – see disabilities guidance for more information.
- Publicise information on how to make a referral to Social Care and the Safeguarding Referral Forms and guidance.
- Procedures should be put in place regarding managing allegations against staff and safer recruitment.
- Make guidance on Information Sharing available, with the emphasis on putting the best interests of the adult or child first.
- Where there are no immediate safeguarding concerns but additional needs have been identified, consideration should be given to early help.
- Undertake regular audits to ensure that systems are working effectively and procedures are being followed.
- Further detailed information about specific safeguarding policies can be found under the relevant subject heading in the resource hub on this website.
The MSAB and MSCB can offer advice on what elements should be included in an effective Safeguarding Policy, however the Boards are not in a position to give approval to individual policies. It is the responsibility of the individual organisation to comply with safeguarding requirements.