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Safeguarding deaf children and young people is the responsibility of everyone.

All members of Wandsworth Hearing Support Service have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. When children are in school we follow the school’s Safeguarding procedures.

If we are concerned that a child or young person may be at risk from significant harm or is being abused, we are required to refer our concerns to Social Care and schools’ designated Child Protection Officers. In some cases this may happen without the consent or knowledge of parents/carers. We also as a Service have a responsibility to act upon other concerns about children’s welfare where there is no suspicion of child abuse. 

We operate safe recruitment procedures. The Service ensures that all staff working for the Service have been checked as to their suitability, including identity checks, qualification and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. We also ensure all volunteers and office staff working for us have enhanced DBS disclosures. These are renewed every 3 years.

We take great care with the transfer of electronic information and use a password protected system for this purpose. We provide Safeguarding training for all staff. Training on personal safety is included in Parent Education Programmes and forms part of the wider curriculum in our Hearing Support Centres.

We provide information to the Governing Body regarding any changers to our safeguarding policy on an annual basis.