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Slough Borough Council Safeguarding Policy Statement

Introduction

Slough Borough Council (SBC) is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children as set out in the statutory guidance, working together to safeguard children (HM Government 2018). Our view is that safeguarding is everyone’s business.

A pan-Berkshire arrangement across the local safeguarding boards provides a set of agreed multi-agency policies and procedures for safeguarding across all six unitary authorities in Berkshire. This informs an agreed safeguarding response that is consistent across partners.

SBC has responsibility for a range of services to children including children’s centres, early help, young people’s services and targeted services. We use these policies and procedures to support delivery.

Children’s social care is delivered via Slough Children First and there is a strong focus in relation to safeguarding responsibilities across all areas of service delivery. SBC and Slough Children First work in partnership to meet those responsibilities.

The purpose of this policy statement is to:

  • provide a clear commitment from SBC in relation to the responsibilities it holds to safeguard and protect children and young people in Slough
  • provide parents, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding children and young people.

This policy statement applies to anyone working on behalf of the council, including:

  • senior managers
  • elected Members
  • paid staff
  • volunteers
  • sessional workers
  • agency staff and students.

Please contact us if you would like a pdf of this policy statement.