We are a registered charity and a leading provider of child protection and safeguarding education and support in New Zealand.
We help organisations become safer for children and young people through specialist consultancy and training. We take a whole systems approach, developing the skills and knowledge of staff and volunteers and enhancing internal processes and procedures.
We work with you to assess your needs and offer a a flexible, blended leaning approach that could include eLearning for large groups, specialist workshops from foundation level to advanced, to policy and procedure development and review.
Why work with us?
If you provide services to children and young people, you most likely hold responsibilities under the Children’s Act 2014 (formerly the Vulnerable Children Act). These include safe recruitment, developing a child protection policy, and making provision for the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect. If not under the Children’s Act 2014, you should hold these responsibilities under best practice.
There is often a negative impact on organisations when children in their care are found to have been abused or neglected and no action was taken. This can include potential damage to reputation and an impact on staff morale, mental health and recruitment. It can take years and significant investment for organisations to build a brand and service, but seconds to destroy it if the wrong person is in post working with children.
This Linked In article we published explains in more detail the impact on children and young people, and organisations, of having the wrong member of staff in post. Conviction of Childcare Centre Manager Has Lessons For Us All.
It is through safeguarding and child protection education, improved processes and procedures that we can help create safer organisations and safer communities for our tamariki and rangatahi.
All our services are delivered by dedicated, nationally-leading consultants and subject matter experts.
Who we work with
We work with a wide range of organisations large and small, from national early childcare providers to small community groups.
- Education – schools, early childhood education providers, kindergartens and youth services including out of school care
- Health – GP practices, nursing organisations, student training, DHBs, PHOs, pharmacists, national healthcare providers
- Sport – national sporting codes, local sports clubs, regional sports organisations
- Special needs – disability services, mental health services
- Faith – religious institutions and family and community services
- Maori and Pasifika organisations including iwi and marae
If you’re interested in working with us, contact Willow Duffy.
Safeguarding Capacity Development
As part of our consultancy programme, we’re working with organisations on community development projects. We begin with a survey of staff to find out what assistance they need to support children and respond to concerns of abuse and neglect, and review or help create a child protection policy and procedures. Once the policy has been completed, staff are trained. We then support the organisation to embed their policy in everyday practice.
Finally, we review staff again over time to measure results. Staff report more confidence and skill in handling child protection concerns, with some organisations seeing this increase by more than 70 per cent.
One staff member told us: “I have had a student disclosure since the workshop. I knew how to handle it and what to do with the information. It helped me know how to best support the student during the disclosure and I was then able to describe to them what steps I would take next.”
We’re looking to work with more organisations in the coming months. Please contact Louise Petzold if you’re interested.
Case Study: SVS Living Safe
SVS Living Safe works with vulnerable families that are often struggling with the vulnerable ‘toxic trio’ of family violence, mental ill-health and substance abuse.
General Manager Dee Cresswell asked Safeguarding Children to provide frontline staff with general enhanced child protection training, and to support best practice standards. We also helped them re-draft their child protection policy.
After working with us, SVS Living Safe’s approach to child protection across multiple sites is more consistent, and they have upgraded their risk assessment and reporting processes.