This is a milestone piece of guidance which will have significance for churches and other faith based organisations working with children & young people.
Although the guidance is not specifically aimed at faith groups, it covers all community related activities and is helpful in that it is specifically aimed at organisations working in the community rather than being aimed at public sector services and leaving us to adapt the guidance to our context.
Many churches and other faith based organisations will already be, meeting these minimum standards of safeguarding, however, this is likely to become the “go to” document alongside working together to safeguarding children for our sector and so as churches we need to understand and act upon its recommendations.
Most of us will of course want to go beyond this, however and understanding of the guidance is going to be crucial for church leaders safeguarding officers and those working with Children and Young people from this point onwards
As always CSS, are here to help and support you in your safeguarding duties.
For a quick overview of the guidance see our FREE webinar here.