Safeguarding children and young people
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