Safeguarding

Armagh City Craigavon and Banbridge Borough Council believes everyone has the right to be safe from harm, to fulfil their full potential and to have their rights and choices protected.

As part of our commitment to put all children and adults who may be at risk at the centre of what we do and protect them from harm council has developed a Child and Adults at Risk Safeguarding Policy.

‘Cyber Safety’ #BeSafeOnline Campaign

Our current campaign – #BeSafeOnline – aims to ensure that our children and young people can enjoy the time they spend online, but in a safe and secure way.

Being safe online starts with you!
We know that being online can be exciting and fun – but we also know that some things online can leave you feeling upset, bullied, or even worried. Just remember that good and bad news travels fast online, and you can sometimes find yourself in tricky situations with lasting consequences.

But, there are lots of people to help you and lots of simple things that you can do to help yourself as well.

Privacy and safety
Your privacy and safety are as important online as they are in the real world – and you need to remember that the online world is very real.

So how do you stay safe? Here are some super simple ways:

  • Check your privacy settings
  • Keep personal information private
  • Keep passwords safe
  • Be respectful online – as you would in real life
  • Turn off your location settings
  • Take care with what you share and think before you post – because it is permanent
  • Never meet someone you don’t know in person that you have met online
  • If you see something that upsets you, tell a trusted adult that you feel comfortable sharing difficult or embarrassing things with
  • You can also have a positive impact on others and stop bullying in its tracks by refusing to join in.

Remember…
Everything gets amplified online: good things seem more exciting, bad things seem much worse and can hurt – a lot. A great rule to live by both on and offline, is ‘treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’ and ‘if you wouldn’t want your granny to see it-then don’t post it!’

So, there are many ways that you can help yourself to stay safe online, and lots of people here to help you as well. You can also find out more by clicking on the following links:

If you are concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online:

Contact Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP): www.ceop.police.uk

If you discover you criminal, sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk

Adults – how you can help your young person stay safe online
Through a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles children and young people are spending more time online than ever before, meaning cyber safety is more important than ever.

Although children and young people have an advantage with their almost instinctive grasp of technology and are sophisticated in the way they use the social media apps and websites, they are still children. However, their lack of life experience puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to security and making safe choices online.

While websites, gaming, live streaming and social media, like all forms of public communication, come with risks, not all of these risks turn into actual problems. By helping our children understand what some of those risks are, and how they can respond, we can all play a big part in preventing these risks from turning into problems.

Check out the links below where you can find out more about children and their use of websites/social media, the apps used, the risks faced, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips at:

If you are concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online:

Contact Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP): www.ceop.police.uk

If you discover you criminal, sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk

To report a concern about a child contact:

Southern Health and Social Care Trust: 028 3576 7100 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) or Freephone from landlines only  0800 783 7745

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust: 0300 100 0300 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

Emergency Social Work Service (Regional): 028 9504 9999 (5pm-9am Monday to Friday, 24 hours Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays)

For further information please visit:
Child Protection / Gateway Service | Southern Health & Social Care Trust (hscni.net)
Gateway Service | South Eastern HSC Trust (hscni.net)

Useful Resources:
Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) Wellness Hub 
Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYSP) Resource Pack 

Our commitment to Safeguarding
Having a dedicated Safeguarding Coordinator highlights the Council’s commitment to Safeguarding.

As part of our ongoing commitment to put all children and adults who may be at risk at the centre of what we do, we continue to support our communities and our staff post pandemic to protect both children and adults from harm.

Through our #BeSafeOnline ‘Cyber Safety’ campaign, we aim to raise awareness and understanding for children and young people of how they are at risk while surfing the internet, playing games, live streaming or using social media and how they can respond to those vulnerabilities by adopting some simple cybersecurity measures. We have also provided advice for adults with useful links and information on a range of key online safety topics.

For further information contact Gary Scott, Safeguarding Coordinator via:
E: 
T: 07776 165 792.

To view our Safeguarding leaflet click here

Council recognises that the Safeguarding Policy must be owned at all levels within the organisation and, as such, this policy is addressed to all elected members, employees, casual workers, agency workers, volunteers, hirers of facilities, contracted services and the general public.  It provides a clear statement of the Council’s responsibilities towards children and adults at risk. We aspire to having safe and respectful experiences for all within the borough.

There is an expectation that all employees will work in partnership as they apply this policy to their work with children and adults who may be at risk of harm or in need of protection.

The Policy includes:

  • Reporting guidelines
  • The key safeguarding principles for adults and children
  • Types of abuse and their commonly accepted definitions
  • How to recognise and deal with disclosures

The Council’s Safeguarding Policy – Children & Adults at Risk can be accessed under our policy section by clicking here.

The appointment of a dedicated Safeguarding Coordinator and the formation of an interdepartmental Safeguarding Steering Group highlight the council’s commitment to safeguarding.

The council Safeguarding Coordinator represents council on the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland’s Local Child Safeguarding panels and Local Adult Safeguarding Partnerships across the Southern Trust area, together with the Local Government Safeguarding Network.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Safeguarding Coordinator Gary Scott works across the Council area and can be contacted on or by telephone on 07776 165 792.

The Council is also a member of the Leisurewatch Scheme, which includes a protocol with the PSNI for responding to potentially risky sexual behaviour by visitors to Council facilities and assists members of staff to recognise and address such concerns on its premises.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council work in partnership with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to help provide free Child and Adult Safeguarding training for community groups.

click here or contact the Community Sector Training, Promoting Wellbeing Division, SHSCT on 028 3756 1400 or 028 3756 1441, or email