Once the Policy has been developed and implemented, your organisation will be operating in ways that protect children.

This process will have required an investment in time and resources. However, this is not the end of the process. Policies, procedures and practices only remain effective if they are regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure that they are still applicable and relevant. Over time there will be changes, whether internally within your organisation’s structure or externally with legislation or agreed best practice, and these changes will need to be reflected in your organisation’s policies. It is also possible that once the policy is implemented it is identified that there are issues or circumstances that had not been considered but should be included.

It is therefore critical that the child protection policy, as well as the safe working practice guidance, is reviewed on a regular and ongoing basis. This should occur annually, and also at any time it is identified that a change is required. The review should involve a review team of those with responsibility for carrying out or overseeing the actions described in the guides. This review should be led by the Designated Person for Child Protection.