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Safeguarding Support for the Voluntary Sector

Young Lives Bradford provides signposting and policy templates for safeguarding to voluntary sector groups delivering services in the Bradford district by offering access to Model policies to provide baseline information on what should be included within policies and procedures.

For additional information regarding Safeguarding issues or training needs or if you wish to become a member of the Young Lives Bradford network contact or telephone 01274 722772 and ask for a member of the Young Lives Bradford team.

Safeguarding Audit Tool

Bradford Council has a duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to ensure organisations they commission have adequate Safeguarding procedures in place. To do this they will be asking commissioned groups to complete a new provider safeguarding audit tool. It is likely NHS commissioners will also be using the tool for commissioned groups.

If you are commissioned by either Bradford Council or the NHS, you might want to start looking at this now.

Young Lives Bradford would like to encourage all VCS organisations to use this tool for self-improvement and revision of their safeguarding arrangements. This tool can be used to demonstrate your organisation complies with current safeguarding requirements.


Guide to Safeguarding Adults

New Safeguarding adults resource from the Bradford District Safeguarding Adults Board. This guide is available online and aims to help staff, volunteers and carers know how to respond if they are aware of an adult who may at risk of abuse or neglect.  The guide provides brief information on the key stages of the adult safeguarding process and outlines the roles and responsibilities of individuals. It can also be used by people working with an adult at risk to explain what happens next - see also the Safeguarding Adults policies and procedures

Bradford Safeguarding Children Board Sub Groups

Young Lives Bradford co-ordinates VCS representation on the Board.

Click here to see a full list of VCS representatives 

VCS Safeguarding Steering Group

The VCS Safeguarding Steering Group is co-ordinated by the Young Lives Bradford and is a recognised group on the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board structure. The group meets bi-monthly and membership is open to anyone who works in a safeguarding role or who has an interest in Safeguarding. Click here for: TOR VCS Safeguarding steering group

For more information about the group contact Young Lives Bradford on 01274 722 772 or email

You can also email us with any items or safeguarding issues you would like to bring to the attention of the group or for guidance on any practice issues. In addition, issues can be raised directly by our VCS representatives who sit on the various subgroups of the Board by emailing or by contacting our VCS reps directly.

Other local resources and projects

Disclosure & Barring (DBS) Checks for the voluntary sector

Keighley Volunteer Centre, 8 -10 North Street, Keighley, BD21 3SE
 01535 609506

The BLAST Project is keen to strengthen links with professionals in Bradford to ensure boys and young men have access to appropriate support: Contact Phil Mitchell Tel: 0113 2444209 or Mob: 07921 372896 or email: To find out more about BLAST visit:
YouTube: theblastproject
Twitter: @theblastproject

Other useful contacts and resources

Call the NSPCC Child Protection helpline
If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact their professional counsellors 24/7 for help, advice and support. Call us or email.

Tel: 0808 800 5000 or email

18 or under?
ChildLine offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help. 0800 1111

NCVYS, Children England and the Disclosure and Barring Service have co-produced Our Decision. Our Decision is a package of support to aide voluntary sector organisations working with children, young people and families with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application process. 

Everyone's Business - Safeguarding for Trustees

Social Care Institute for Excellence e-learning: Adult Safeguarding

The Safe Network
The Safe Network provides safeguarding information related to activities outside the home from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups. Visit for more information.

The Safenetwork is working towards building common standards for voluntary and community organisations and has a set of standards, designed to help your club or organisation keep young people safe. The Standards cover four essential safeguarding areas:

  • (1) Safer staff and volunteers recruitment, induction and supervision;

  • (2) Child protection;

  • (3) Preventing and responding to bullying;

  • (4) Avoiding accidents and running safe activities and events.

As you work through the self-assessment tool, you have access to a toolbox of useful resources, which includes examples of policies and procedures, guidance, templates for forms, standard letters you may need and sample posters and leaflets. To save time, you can copy and paste text directly from the resource documents into new documents for your own organisation.

Safeguarding Adults resources

Safeguarding Courses from Bradford Council Workforce Development

BMDC Workforce Development Unit provide Safeguarding courses that are available to staff and volunteers from voluntary and community organisations. Contact them directly to book a place.

Courses include:

Safeguarding Adults - Recognising and Responding to Abuse

Download the course flyer and booking details

Safeguarding Adults E-Learning Refresher Course

Participants must have previously completed the foundation 1 day Recognising and Responding to Abuse training course ideally at least 2 years ago.

Course and registration details

The Safeguarding Adults Board has produced this Quick Guide to Adult Safeguarding Procedures which you can download and print off to use.

Safeguarding Adults New Guidance

Due to changes in policy framework for safeguarding adults, as a result of the Care Act 2014 which came into force on 1st April 2015, the West Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures have been updated.

A new local quick
guide to the Safeguarding Adults Procedures has been developed. The full length version of the West Yorkshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adult Policy and Procedures and this new guide is available to download from 

To request hard copies email:

Bradford Community and Voluntary Service
Click here to access a range of useful documents and publications.