Summary: Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Policy
1. WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING?
1.1Safeguarding is defined by the Children Act 1989 and Joint Chief Inspectors Report on
Arrangements to Safeguard Children (2002) as meaning that:
`Agencies [and organisations] working with children and young people take all reasonable
measures to ensure that the risks of harm to the individual's welfare are minimised; and
Where there are concerns about children and young people's welfare, all agencies [and
organisations] should take all appropriate actions to address those concerns, working to
agreed local policies and procedures, working in partnership with other local agencies'.
2. WHO ARE WE SAFEGUARDING?
2.1 Safeguarding practices are most commonly applied to children and young people under
the age of eighteen. The Children Act 1989 defines a 'child' as a person under the age of 18.
The Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 regard a 'child' as a person who is
not over the minimum school leaving age and a 'young person' as a person who has not
attained the age of 18. For the purpose of this policy, a 'child' is under 16 and a 'young
person' is over 16 but under 18. Both children and young people are included in this policy.
2.2 Key aspects of legislation have recently been extended to include similar standards of
protection to `vulnerable adults'. A vulnerable adult is defined as a person aged eighteen or
over, who has either a dependency upon others in the performance of, or a requirement for,
assistance in the performance of basic functions; a severe impairment in the ability to