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Be activities wise - advice for activity leaders

Be activities wise - advice for activity leaders

If you lead activities for children and young people, you have a responsibility to make sure they are safe when they're in your care. 

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?

You should also make sure you have suitable policies and procedures in place and:

  • Are able to recognise child abuse and neglect and be alert to potential indicators of abuse or abusers;
  • Have confidence in your ability to communicate appropriately with a child or young person;
  • Share information with relevant partners to help inform a good understanding or assessment of a child or young person’s circumstances;
  • Work together and communicate well with parents.

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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