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Children and Young People

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Richmond CVS is committed to safeguarding children, and to supporting the obligations on the voluntary sector in Richmond to ensure the safeguarding of children throughout the borough.


The AfC Single Point of Access (SPA) has been developed as a single gateway for all incoming contacts into children’s services, providing support to Kingston and Richmond communities. More information about the range of support and advice they offer and to make a referral go to the AfC SPA website 


If you have concerns about a child’s welfare

Call SPA on 0208 891 7961 Monday to Friday 9-5.15pm

If you think a child is in immediate danger call 999

If you need to speak to someone urgently outside office hours ring the Duty Social Worker 0208 744 2442



We offer support to organisations to ensure legal compliance and to demonstrate good practice in the delivery of services. We support the sector with information advice and guidance, and represent the sector at the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

If you are an organisation, group or club it is your responsibility to protect children and young people from harm, and minimise risk if you provide either of the following:

  • Direct services to children and young people (such as childcare, afterschool clubs or sport),
  • Indirect services (such as open days, arts events, family friendly environmental activities)

If you provide services for children or young people, it is essential that you should take a proactive approach, and integrate child protection standards and safeguarding into all planning and working practices to ensure both the safety and well-being of children and young people, and the sustainability of your services and programmes.

In this context children and young people are defined as those aged up to nineteen years, and up to twenty-five years for those managing any kind of disability.


Child Protection

Child protection is described as "the safety and welfare of children” The legal definition means protecting children from physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect.

It is essential that we all observe our responsibility to ensure children and young people are protected from harm in the delivery of all the services we offer.



Safeguarding is a relatively new term. Its significance is broader than child protection because it implies clearly integrated preventative measures. Examples of safeguarding practice could be

  • A health and safety risk assessment of a venue prior to holding an open day
  • Requesting licence and insurance details prior to a parent being added to the rota for lifts to football matches

Safeguarding is positive practical action that minimises risk by focussing on prevention. It includes

  • Anti-bullying
  • Protection of children online
  • Photography

The adoption and implementation of a robust policy for child protection and safeguarding in your organisation creates a safer environment for everyone - children and young people and your staff and volunteers.


Richmond CVS offers advice and guidance, which includes:

  • Section 11 compliance
  • Safer recruitment
  • Writing a child protection and safeguarding policy
  • Vetting and Barring Scheme
  • Multi agency training on child protection and safeguarding - co-ordinated by the council
  • Common Assessment Framework


Find more online information & resources for Child Safeguarding




Heather Mathew

020 8843 7945