Many organisations already have measures in place, either formal or informal, designed to keep children safe and to protect the reputation and integrity of the organisation, staff and funding partners.
Assessing an organisation at regular intervals will assist in identifying strengths, allowing them to celebrate successes and focus attention where it is required.
Starting from the safe ground of an initial assessment leads to a targeted approach, which can make the development of safeguarding measures less daunting and build on current practices. Incorporating regular assessments into your organisation’s child protection and safeguarding measures will help in developing robust processes and promoting a culture committed to keeping children safe.
Completing a self-assessment can be a very beneficial activity as long as answers are honest and reflective of actual practices and procedures.
When assessing your organisation, it is worth asking individuals at various levels within the organisation to provide feedback on child protection and safeguarding policies, practices and procedures.