Leaders in Safeguarding recognises your role in ensuring the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We can support you in the statutory and moral duty to protect and promote the wellbeing of individuals accessing health, education and social care provision by providing:

  • Scrutiny of safeguarding systems and practice
  • Policy development and practical advice
  • Expert consultancy and first-class training
  • Support and challenge to improve the quality of your provision
  • Reassurance that children and vulnerable adults remain safe
  • The Leaders in Safeguarding quality mark

What we do

Our approved safeguarding consultants/auditors visit organisations to assess the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements. This involves close examination of recruitment, training, policies and procedures as well as observation of day-to-day practice.

A full audit is conducted and a detailed report is produced.

Once this has been completed the safeguarding consultant presents their assessment and report to the Leaders in Safeguarding Scrutiny and Validation Panel for approval.

The Leaders in Safeguarding panel consists of expert professionals from health, education, social care and statutory inspection sectors.

Organisations meeting statutory requirements and the Leaders in Safeguarding Standards are approved for the Leaders in Safeguarding quality mark.

In a few cases, where there is very strong evidence of outstanding safeguarding practice, the Scrutiny and Validation Panel use their discretion to issue the Leaders in Safeguarding Gold Award.


In response to the need for social distancing we are now providing our services online.
We have developed an online safeguarding audit tool and a safer recruitment audits tool.
For more information please get in touch.

Proud to sponsor the National Association of Designated Safeguarding Leads


We are delighted to announce that we have appointed our first legal executive.

Erica Lorenzon studied law in Brazil and is now about to complete her UK law qualifications in Leeds.

Erica has limitless enthusiasm for safeguarding and will be a great asset to our work promoting the highest standards in safeguarding children and adults.

Leaders in Safeguarding provides you with news, links to tools and pertinent information to help keep your safeguarding arrangements up to date.

Leaders in Safeguarding would like to say

“Hello” to the staff at colleges we will be working with over the coming months.

We’re looking forward to meeting you.

Leaders in Safeguarding

Standards and Quality Mark

We firmly believe that our Safeguarding Standards can be reached by all organisations that provide services for children, young people and adults at risk. Our consultants are experienced safeguarding professionals from health, education and social care backgrounds. Our safeguarding audit process is thorough and highly effective. Your audit report will contain recommendations to improve any aspects of your work which do not meet our standards.

We can help you to establish outstanding safeguarding arrangements and offer support, planning, and training to further strengthen your services. Following your audit we can support you in addressing any areas requiring improvement or causing concern. Meeting our Standards provides you with increased confidence to face statutory inspection.

Displaying the Leaders in Safeguarding Quality Mark shows that your policies, procedures and everyday practices have been checked by our experts. The Quality Mark demonstrates to your clients and customers that you prioritise safeguarding and that you are serious about ensuring safety and promoting welfare in the services you provide.

Updating your policies and procedures?

Just a reminder about some of the legal requirements and national guidance:

“Local agencies, including the police and health services, also have a duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to ensure that they consider the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when carrying out their functions. Under section 10 of the same Act, a similar range of agencies are required to cooperate with local authorities to promote the well-being of children in each local authority area (see chapter 1). This cooperation should exist and be effective at all levels of the organisation, from strategic level through to operational delivery. Professionals working in agencies with these duties are responsible for ensuring that they fulfil their role and responsibilities in a manner consistent with the statutory duties of their employer”

Working Together to Safeguard Children DfE 2018.


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