Safeguarding children and young people means protecting them from any abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
We want all foster children and young people to grow up as part of a loving family.
It is, therefore, the Progress foster team’s responsibility to give children and young people (and their carers) access to the support they need to create a safe environment.
Here are ten different ways the team achieves this.
- Ensuring children and young people are given online security (such as up-to-date antivirus software and parental controls)
- Providing children and young people with training on how to keep safe online
- Educating children and young people about the risks involved inside and outside the home
- Ensuring children and young people have the contact details of external professionals, through the Progress Young Peoples’ Handbook
- Working closely with the relevant agencies to record and report any issues or signs of abuse
- Working with our foster carers through regular risk assessments, monitoring and reporting about those in their care
- If children and young people receive transport to school, we work with our foster carers to ensure that they are escorted safely
- Providing foster carers with training to understand childhood trauma and how to create a safe environment in their home
- Empowering girls to talk about their feelings, hopes and dreams via the Progress girls’ group
- Providing one-to-one support with a personal family support worker, so children and young people can build relationships with their carers