Safeguarding Children

Sefton CVS work in close partnership with Sefton Local Safeguarding Boards in order to effectively represent and support the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector of Sefton in order to develop quality services and provision that has the welfare of children at the forefront.

Safeguarding children is about trying to make sure that vulnerable children do not get harmed, and knowing what to do if anyone in your organisation or service is worried about a vulnerable child. Your service or organisation should have safeguards in place that:

  • Protect vulnerable childrnen from harm and abuse
  • Enable staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are worried
  • Show that your organisation or service is responsible

Policy and Procedures

Sefton CVS Staff Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedures (2013)

By policies, a child is defined as someone up to the age of 18. If you are searching for policy assistance for those over the age of 18, please view our Safeguarding Adults page.

All organisations need to have their own safeguarding children policy and procedure or guidance. You can use this template to help create a policy for your organisation:

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

You should use this checklist to help you update the above templates so they are relevant to your organisation:

Safeguarding Children and Young People Diagnostic Checklist

This is a template only and organisations are advised to encourage staff involvement in developing policies and procedures that meet the specific needs and nature of the organisation. Further templates and guidance are available through speaking to one of our staff or via

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as CRB)

If your group or organisation works with children or vulnerable adults, it may be necessary for paid staff and volunteers to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

DBS checks are designed to help organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain areas of work, especially those which may involve contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.

Sefton CVS has registered with the DBS to obtain higher level disclosures for its own staff and volunteers. In our capacity as a DBS umbrella body, Sefton CVS also offers access to the Disclosure service to other organisations within Sefton.

As a registered DBS Umbrella Body, Sefton CVS is able to help groups and organisations through the process of applying for DBS checks on staff and volunteers. For more information on DBS checks, please visit here.

Available Training

  • Sefton CVS Training Toolkit
  • NSPCC Basic Child Protection E-Learning
  • NSPCC Child Protection Awareness in Sports and Leisure E-Learning
  • Sefton LSCB Training Calendar 2013
  • Sefton MBC Workforce Development Training Calendar – Includes FREE Training Opportunities linked to Safeguarding & Social Care
  • Sefton CVS ‘Safe and Sound Workshop’ Presentation 16th July 2013
  • How Safe Are Our Children 2013 – NSPCC Report
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children – A Guide to Interagency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (March 2013) (Full Document)
  • Working Together

If you would like more information regarding anything you had read on this page, please contact Simone McCaskill on 0151 920 0726 ext 226 .

‘Staff, Service Users, Parents and Carers should be aware that Sefton CVS (Council for Voluntary Services) will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its child beneficiaries. In cases where Sefton CVS has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff, volunteers and the board of trustees have no alternative but to follow Sefton Borough Child Protection Procedures and inform relevant services of their concerns which may include the Police or Children’s Social Services’