What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is preventative measures taken to ensure children are protected from harm. Safeguarding should…

  • Protect children from maltreatment

  • Prevent any impairment of a child’s health and development

  • Ensure that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care 

  • Take action to enable all children and young people have the best outcomes.


Some facts…

  • Almost 1 in 5 children today has experienced serious physical abuse, sexual abuse or severe physical or emotional neglect at some point in their lifetime.

  • 1 in 10 children in the UK has been neglected. 

  • 1 in 14 children in the UK has been physically abused.

  • 1 in 5 children in the UK has been exposed to domestic violence. 

  • On average, every week in the UK, at least one child is killed at the hands of another person. 

  • For every child placed on a child protection plan or the child protection register, it is estimated that there are another eight children who are suffering from abuse and neglect and not getting the support they need. 

  • Deaf and disabled children are three times more likely to be abused or neglected than non-disabled children. 



What does the law say?

  • The Children Act (1989) and (2004) states that everybody who works with children has a responsibility to keep them safe.

  • These acts state that those whose jobs involve caring for, supervising or being in sole charge of children or adults require an enhanced DBS check (previously called an enhanced CRB check).  All Stepping Stones Consultants hold an up-to-date DBS check.


What we do…

Stepping Stones Behavioural Consultants are committed to providing person specific behavioural intervention. We work with both children and adults in a variety of community settings including homes, schools and other educational environments.  

We aim…

  • To work in a safe, healthy learning environment that allows our clients to reach their potential

  • To safeguard their welfare

  • To raise awareness amongst colleagues of child protection plans and contributing to the implementation of their plan

  • To aid children in comprehending how to keep themselves safe and ensuring they know who to approach for help


As we work in a number of different environments we engage in the policies of these environments and implement their plans and procedures.  


All Stepping Stones Behavioural Consultants have undergone basic and advanced Safeguard Training and we continue to ensure all our Safeguarding policies are up to date and in-line with current Safeguarding rules and regulations.


“The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.” 

Working together to safeguard children (HM Government 2013) 


Where to find help and more information…


Stepping Stones Designated Safeguarding Officer – Jo Westley –


With thanks to 

Stepping Stones Behavioural Consultants are trained and work alongside a trainer endorsed by the NSPCC