What is safeguarding?

The government's statutory guidance paper of March 2015 ('Working Together to Safeguard Children) defines safeguarding as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Key people

NYCGB's safeguarding work is managed by a dedicated Head of Safeguarding who has overall responsibility for all safeguarding and pastoral care matters, staff training, ongoing policy reviews, and the maintenance of a robust safeguarding ethos across NYCGB's activities.

NYCGB additionally benefits from the expertises of a designated Trustee Lead for Safeguarding, who serves as a direct staff contact and provides additional advice and guidance on safeguarding matters.

Staff training and vetting procedures

All NYCGB residential course staff are obliged to complete the NSPCC's Basic Child Protection course, while all members of NYCGB staff engaged in work classified as 'regulated activity' (including the handling of administrative data and promotional media) must hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.


NYCGB's safeguarding policies are developed and maintained in consultation with the NSPCC and are reviewed annually. Please click on the links below to download and view our policies as PDFs.

Contact numbers

NYCGB works closely with the NSPCC to ensure a safe environment for members and staff. As part of this engagement, we ensure that everyone has access to the following NSPCC helpline information.

Help for adults concerned about a child
Call us on 0808 800 5000

Help for children and young people
Call ChildLine on 0800 1111


NYCGB Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedures and Code of Safe Conduct (Last revised: May 2016  )

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NYCGB Safeguarding Adults Policy & Procedures and Code of Safe Conduct (Last revised: May 2016  )

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NYCGB Physical Contact Policy & Guidance (Last revised: May 2015 )

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NYCGB Staff Email & Social Media Policy (Last revised : April 2016 )

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NYCGB Disciplinary & Capability Policy (Published September 2015 )

NYCGB Recruitment & Selection Policy (Published September 2015  )

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