Safe Network standards Safeguarding children in the voluntary and community sector

Girl looking to cameraThe Safe Network standards are a set of recommended standards and accompanying guidance to help non-statutory organisations that work with children and young people to put in place clear safeguarding arrangements.

The standards cover 4 essential safeguarding areas:

  • safer staff and volunteers through recruitment, induction and supervision
  • child protection
  • preventing and responding to bullying
  • avoiding accidents and running safe activities and events.

This 2013/14 edition includes 2 new standards called Standards Xtra which focus on:

  • recording and storing information
  • sharing information and working with other agencies.

Authors: Safe Network (NSPCC and Children England)
Published: 2014

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 2
Foreword 3
Introduction 4
What’s different about the 2013/14 edition? 5
What’s in the Safe Network Standards? 7
Standard 1: Safer staff and volunteers – recruitment, induction and supervision 8
Standard 2: Child protection 10
Standard 3: Preventing and responding to bullying 13
Standard 4: Avoiding accidents and running safe activities and events 16
Standard 5: Recording and storing information 20
Standard 6: Sharing information and working with other agencies 23
Appendix A: Notes 26
Appendix B: Section 11 requirements 31
References 35

Please cite as: NSPCC (2017) NSPCC safeguarding standards and guidance for the voluntary and community sector: children, young people and young adults aged 0-25 (England). London: NSPCC.

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