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.

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As we all continue to absorb the impact that COVID-19 has had on our lives we appreciate that it’s been particularly tough on our children and young people. With a new school term now underway, many of them are just getting used to seeing old friends and familiar surroundings again. But we realise it’s not easy and that everyday can present challenges, big and small.

We are joining Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and Southern Health and Social Care Trust to support young people who may be feeling anxious, worried, stressed or lonely and need to reach out to someone they can trust.

If you or someone you know needs support, call one of the numbers below and there will be someone to listen and provide you with help.

Southern Health and Social Care Trust: 028 3756 7100 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

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)

Childline: 0800 1111

For further information and support please visit:

CYSP Youth Wellness Web
www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/
www.safeguardingni.org/children-and-young-people/advice-children-and-young-people
www.cypsp.hscni.net/
www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond-northern-ireland
Southern Health and Social Care Trust
South Eastern HSC Trust

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.

For information on free training in safeguarding children and adults click here or contact the Community Sector Training, Promoting Wellbeing Division, SHSCT on 028 3756 1400 or 028 3756 1441, or email