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Safeguarding is all about having the knowledge and awareness to understand various types of abuse, being able to identify the signs and what to look for; knowing what steps to take if you suspect abuse is happening and knowing what to do if a child or an adult discloses abuse.

Understanding the safeguarding agenda will also help ensure your organisation works responsibly and safely, without placing staff in vulnerable positions.


Community Southwark can help by:

  • signposting to appropriate support, including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check agencies etc.
  • providing Safeguarding Policy and Procedure templates and reviews
  • helping you to sign up to My Learning Source so you can access free safeguarding training
  • connecting you with other VCS Safeguarding Leads across the borough
  • enabling your views to be heard by the Southwark Safeguarding Partnership


Hourglass (Safer Ageing)

Hourglass is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to calling time on the harm, abuse and neglect of older people.

London Safeguarding Children’s Partnership – Free Training

Free training events on safeguarding best practice when working with children and young people

Safeguarding Training and My Learning Source

How to access free safeguarding training, including basic introductory e-learning

Safeguarding Leaders Network

This Safeguarding Leaders Network is for those in Southwark's voluntary sector that lead on child or adult safeguarding.

What is safeguarding?

It is vital for all those in positions of trust to understand the power this can give them over those they care for and the responsibility they must exercise as a consequence of this relationship.

Key contacts for safeguarding

Who you should contact when is there is an allegtion or suspicion of a safeguarding issue

Creating a safeguarding policy for your organisation

Your safeguarding policy sets out what you will do to keep people safe.

Safeguarding and Southwark Council

As the Local Authority, Southwark Council has overall responsibility for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the borough, and facilitates a number of important groups which involve the voluntary and community sector.

Covid-19: Safeguarding & Risk Assessment

This page was created for safeguarding resources and information related to the coronavirus outbreak.

External Resources

The section contains links to external service provider information and guidance related to safeguarding.