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Safeguarding hub

What does safeguarding mean?

At its core, safeguarding protects people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, enabling them to live free from harm, abuse or neglect. It’s vital to Youth Music’s work, driven by our focus on young people facing barriers.

Safeguarding is different from other associated terms, such as child protection. Child protection involves a more reactive approach to protecting children who are suffering or are at risk of suffering significant harm. Safeguarding should be a pro-active practice that becomes embedded across all your work.

What does Youth Music expect from funded partners?

Youth Music’s safeguarding policy states that all organisations receiving grant funding or applying for grant funding from Youth Music have the primary responsibility for safeguarding beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, and must take all the necessary steps to ensure that their organisation is operating in a safe and secure environment.

In order to be eligible for Youth Music funding, safeguarding must be an essential part of your culture and ways of working, and you must meet our minimum safeguarding standards. Click on each of tiles below to find out more our expectations. You can also download a PDF copy of this information.

Safeguarding resources

We’ve compiled the best guidance, templates, videos and other resources to support you develop your safeguarding policies and practices – whatever stage in the journey you’re at.

We’ve included the audience for each resource. Because safeguarding responsibilities are different depending on whether you work with people under or over the age of 18, we’ve used the following terms:

  • Child: any child or young person under the age of 18.
  • Adult at risk: anyone aged 18 or over who has needs for care and support and is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect. As a result of those care and support needs, they may be unable to protect themselves. The Ann Craft trust provides more information about the definition of “adult at risk”.
  • Adult: anyone aged 18 or over, whether or not they are also an adult risk.
  • Young person: there is no set definition of a young person, but this encompasses older children and young adults. 

Click on the tiles to access the resources. You can also download a PDF copy of the resources.

Raising a concern about a Youth Music funded partner

The Raising a concern about a Youth Music funded partner guidance outlines how and why you would raise a concern about an organisation or individual that receives funding from us.

Youth Music's safeguarding policy