Across the organisation previously known as Safeguarding Champions or Ambassadors, practitioners have been actively promoting and supporting the safeguarding adult and children’s agenda.
As a service we appreciate the time, effort and expertise that everyone involved with this have offered and in recognition of that, we are currently in the process of strengthening the role and support offered to practitioners who undertake this.
We feel that with services coming together it is also time to relaunch the role of the Champions / Ambassadors and bring everyone together under one new name – Safeguarding Links.
A framework has been developed to ensure that all Links are clear of their roles and responsibilities, have appropriate supervision and support, received adequate training for the role and have a route of escalation of both issues that raise concern and the excellent practise that is being seen across the organisation.
This framework includes case supervision, induction training and regular update sessions, an intranet page with support and guidance for Links, and networking opportunities to ensure that we build a well supported and effective community of Safeguarding Links.
In addition to defining the role of the Safeguarding Links, the offer of support and supervision across the organisations has been strengthened to ensure that all practitioners who offer their services as Links are fully supported and confident in this role. Monthly drop in supervision will be made available, as well as quarterly Knowledge updates. On taking up the role of the Safeguarding Link, each practitioner will be invited to attend an induction session. This session will ensure that they have an understanding the role and responsibilities, as well as the support and opportunities available to them.