Safeguarders Panel

Hello! If you are here because you have a Safeguarder now, then you may have a lot of questions and worries. 

It’s important that you and your family feel comfortable, safe and empowered when engaging with a Safeguarder. This page is to help you understand what a Safeguarder is and what they do.

Start by watching this video – this will give you a short introduction to Safeguarders. Next click through the links below where you’ll find some answers to the questions you might have. 

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, then please get in touch with us!

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Get to know a little bit more about Safeguarders

You will find a lot of the answers to the questions you have about your Safeguarder in the sections below, they will help you understand what the journey ahead might look like and the role your Safeguarder will play. 

  • What else should I know?

    The rights of the family and child during the Safeguarding process

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What do children and young people say about Safeguarders?

Given the significant role that Safeguarders play in Children’s Hearings for children and young people, it is essential that we are listening to their views and experiences as much as possible. By listening and considering what they have to say, children and young people’s voices can influence the recruitment, training, and practice of Safeguarders.

This report describes the views and experiences of children and young people who have been involved in the Children’s Hearings System and the youth justice system.