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Section 3 - Safe Working Practices

Having an agreed expectation of the behaviour of staff can be the most effective way of not only ensuring the safety of children within your organisation, but also reducing any allegations made against a member of staff. By developing a guide which identifies the practices which are considered to be safe ways of working, it ensures that all staff are behaving consistently, and within the parameters that your organisation has identified. This ensures that all staff are working in ways which reduce any risk to children, and minimises the opportunity for harmful behaviour to occur. If a member of staff consistently steps outside of the agreed ways of behaving they are easier to identify and appropriate action can be taken. Working in consistent and safe ways also mitigates the potential for allegations to be made against members of staff.

This section sets out to identify situations in which an organisation should consider having clear guidance on safe ways of working. These situations are general and varied, and do not cover every eventuality. It is essential that as part of the Plan and Prepare stage of the development of this guidance, situations specific to your organisation are identified so that safe working practices can be developed to respond to any potential concern.

This section has been developed with reference to “Guidance for safe working practices for adults working with children and young people” originally developed by the Department for Children, Organisations, and Families in the United Kingdom.


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