At the World Youth Organisation, we provide a vast number of opportunities for young people across the globe. It is an honour to be involved in such a brilliant charity, but none of this can be possible unless we ensure the safety of the young people we provide these chances for.
That is where safeguarding, and my role of designated Safeguarding Officer comes in. I work in Paediatrics at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, and I am coming across safeguarding issues more and more as young people pass through our ward. I will use this experience to help the WYO when it comes to safeguarding issues.
We can offer the most amazing opportunity in the world, but none of it would be worth it without the guarantee of that young person’s welfare. Young people have a right to be safe and to be treated properly and ANY inkling that the young person you are working with is not being treated as such should be acted upon. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
You may be wondering how you approach these situations. What if your suspicions are wrong? What if you offend the child or their family? That is where my role of the designated Safeguarding Officer comes in. Treating these situations with dignity and empathy is paramount in gaining as much information to ascertain whether a child is in danger or not.
Child welfare concerns may arise in many different situations. By a relative, friend or stranger; in person or on the internet; physical, sexual or emotional. You should always keep an eye out for signs that a child may be in trouble. Young people who have sudden changes of behaviour, have consistently poor hygiene or flinch at sudden movements.
There are a whole host of reasons that child welfare may not be being maintained, but also remember that a warning sign doesn’t always mean that young person is being abused. However, raising these concerns early can help stop a problem before it escalates.
Safeguarding children is important because, without it, some young people will develop into adulthood with health problems, difficulties in their social life and any potential career they wish to establish. The branches of safeguarding reach far and wide, but together we can help young people reach their potential.
If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a young person, please contact me on [email protected] and we can help keep young people safe.
Mr Tom Carr
Safeguarding Officer UK
Equality and Diversity
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Staffing and Volunteers
All our Executives and Trustees are DBS checked and qualified in dealing with safeguarding issues. All trustees have undertaken courses in: Safeguarding Children (Level 1) and Information Sharing.
Some of our trustees and staff require a little more knowledge with safeguarding. They have completed the following additional courses: Equality and Diversity and Safer Recruitment.
Our DSL (Designated Safeguarding Officer) is qualified in Level 3 Safeguarding. The highest level course and tailored for a DSL role.