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Association for Safeguarding

The Association has been created for the benefit of Safeguarding Officers and similar professionals across many sectors. Following feedback from many sources it became apparent that, despite the huge responsibility on the shoulders of Safeguarding Practitioners, very little support exists for them to clarify their legal position and identify outstanding practice in this area.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the prevention of harm, mainly in the context of Children and Vulnerable Adults.

 What is Harm?

Harm has an ordinary meaning and a legal meaning. The ordinary colloquial meaning from the Oxford Dictionary includes: ‘physical injury, especially that which is deliberately inflicted; material damage, actual or potential ill effects or danger; damage to health or having an adverse effect’.

However the legal definition is set out in the ‘Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006’ and in the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) regulations. DBS says, ‘We consider harm in its widest context. Harm may include:

  • Sexual harm
  • Physical harm
  • Financial harm
  • Neglect
  • Emotional harm
  • Psychological harm or Verbal harm

This is not an exhaustive list and harm may take many different forms’.

Safeguarding Officers devise risk assessments and strategies to prevent harm or, if it has occurred, to support and advise those who have been harmed – and strive to ensure that such harm is not repeated. They help to enforce the law by ensuring that paedophiles, sex offenders, violent or dangerous individuals who have been legally barred from working in ‘regulated activity’, do not gain employment or act as a volunteer in the organisation they are safeguarding.

They also ensure that all children and adults feel safe and offer support, advice and guidance.


Some documents, news items and forum threads are available to anyone browsing the site, however other items including proactive use of the forum, hard to find or copyright documents and training course discounts do require different levels of registration with the association. This is how it works:

  • Association Members for a small annual fee, can access everything, receive newsletters, obtain discounts on training events & conferences and ask about specific safeguarding advice
  • Community Members as part of free registration may access many documents, the news bulletins and the forum
  • Sponsor Members for an annual fee as employers or associates may provide association membership for their staff at greatly reduced individual fees

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