What is a Designated Safeguarding Officer?

January 27, 2014
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What does a Safeguarding Officer do?

A Designated Safeguarding Officer or Lead is the person who has responsibility for ensuring a company’s safeguarding policy is adhered to. The role isn’t essential but, if you work in a place with children or vulnerable adults, it is a good idea to have an officer position to ensure that your safeguarding efforts are as efficient and effective as possible.

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Please note: Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of whether you have a Designated Safeguarding Officer or not.

Responsibilities of a Designated Safeguarding Officer

Designated Safeguarding Officers have a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Drawing up and enforcing the company’s safeguarding policy.
  • Being alert to and recognising welfare issues, being sure to challenge poor practice.
  • Sharing appropriate information with relevant people.
  • Checking the List of Children to see who is subject to a Child Protection Plan.
  • Gathering any other relevant information and evidence.
  • Consulting local safeguarding children board procedures for additional information and guidance if needed.
  • Making referrals to social services when appropriate.
  • Continue working with the family, sharing information and contributing to plans if the concern is investigated.
  • Ensuring that all staff having contact with children, vulnerable adults and/or their families have received appropriate training on safeguarding issues.
  • Being the first point-of-call for all staff who have safeguarding concerns.

This is not an exhaustive list but covers the main responsibilities that may be included in a role description.

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The Safeguarding Officer position can be offered to anyone within your organisation; no pre-requisite qualifications are needed.

A good understanding of safeguarding guidance and procedures is beneficial to the role.

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