Safeguarding Protocol

All providers must comply with the latest statutory guidance:

Social Care Wales (

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Powys Local Authority is:

Michael Gedrim -

Providers should ensure that:

  • All staff/visitors/students are made aware of who the Designated Safeguarding Lead/Deputy for the establishment is.

  • All safeguarding concerns are reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the provider and the home base school immediately and the home base school provider will then agree who will make the referral if necessary.

  • If, at any point, there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child a referral should be made to Powys Front Door Support for Children, young people and families immediately or the Police if a crime has been committed.

  • They have a safeguarding children policy in place that is in accordance with national procedures.

  • They operate safer recruitment procedures and make sure that all appropriate checks are carried out on staff and volunteers who work with children.

  • They have procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against members of staff and volunteers that comply with National Safeguarding procedures and make reference to the Designated Officer at the Local Authority (LADO).

  • A senior member of staff is designated to take lead responsibility for dealing with safeguarding children issues, providing advice and support to other staff, liaising with the local authority, and working with other agencies. The designated person must have the appropriate status and authority within the management structure.

  • In addition to basic child protection training the designated lead undertakes the required additional LEA training for school based safeguarding leads.

  • All other staff who work with children, undertake appropriate training to equip them to carry out their responsibilities for child protection effectively. Within this it is important that staff keep updated and refreshed in relation to safeguarding children.

  • Insurance is in place to cover students.

  • Health and Safety risk assessments for the provider’s premises and specific tasks are undertaken.

  • Health and Safety risk assessments are undertaken specific to the needs of vulnerable students (as identified by the school), taking into account health, social and personal characteristics as well as age and experience.

For further information on types of abuse and neglect and signposting to expert guidance on specific safeguarding issues see the Wales Safeguarding Procedures

Social Care Wales (

Front Door Support for children, young people and families

This is the access point for Children's Services in Powys and is where families can come for Information, Advice and Assistance. From here, children, young people and their families are moved on to either the Support for Families team for early help, or to the Assessment Team, where it is clear that an assessment is needed.

To make a referral to Children's Services or to request information, advice and assistance:

Phone - 01597 827666 (Option 1, Option 1) to speak to a member of staff.

(This protocol is one within a series of protocols and should not be considered in isolation. Protocols may be reviewed and are subject to change)