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Be activities wise - advice for activity leaders

Be activities wise - advice for activity leaders

If you lead activities with children and young people, C.H.E.C.K you’re safeguarding ready:

  • Are you confident you are qualified to lead the activity?
  • Do you have a history of leading similar activities? Can you provide references?
  • Do you have experience of working with children and young people?
  • Do you have a DBS or police check? Can you provide proof?
  • Do you have good knowledge of your safeguarding responsibilities?

If you regularly lead activities with children and young people, you may want to consider:

  • Do you have a safeguarding policy?
  • Do you have a photography policy? (such as getting parental consent before taking any photos)
  • Have you done any safeguarding training?
  • Are you or any adults supporting the activity first aid trained?

Are you insured to run the activity?

The safety of children is everyone’s business, so Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Boards alongside partners from the voluntary sector have put together advice on the abilities everyone working or volunteering with children and young people should have in terms of safeguarding:

  • Being able to recognise child abuse and neglect and being alert to potential indicators of abuse or abusers;
  • Confidence in their ability to communicate appropriately with a child or young person;
  • Sharing information with others to help inform a good understanding or assessment of a child or young person’s circumstances;
  • Working together and communicating well with parents.

There is lots of information and training available on safeguarding children that would help support you in your role as an activity leader.
This website provides information and advice on a number of topics affecting the safety and welfare of children and young people in the city.

Things to consider

Multiagency safeguarding training
We offer safeguarding training up to level four. This will give you a good understanding of national guidance and local arrangements for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare whilst they are in your care.

A current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate (formerly CBT)
If you work with children, your employer or licenser may need to apply for a DBS check for you. You cannot apply for one yourself. If you’re not sure whether a check is needed you can contact DBS customer services at or by telephoning 03000 200 190


The NSPCC also run many online courses. Click here to find out more.

  • For more information, contact us on 01782 232200

If you’re worried about the welfare of a child or young person, contact the safeguarding referral team:

  • Day (8.30am to 5pm) 01782 235100
  • Night (5pm to 8.30am) 01782 234234

If a child or young person is in immediate danger, you must call 999

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