Safeguarding | Child Protection

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility at Young Life International.

We take continual steps to foster a culture where young people are kept safe - that’s the wholehearted aim of the Trustees, UK Director, senior field and operational leadership. We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of all those under our care and protecting them from abuse – this is primarily young people, but also includes children and adults at risk.

How to Contact the Safeguarding Team

If it's an emergency

A child or young person is at risk of immediate harm - this cannot wait until the next working day.

Call the CPO on 07803 505221 or Deputy CPO on 07860 774647.

If it's an emergency and we are unavailable

If a child or young person is at risk of immediate harm and our team cannot be reached straight away

Call the emergency services on 999.

If it's a non-urgent concern or question

If a child or young person is NOT at risk of immediate harm and you want to raise a concern or have a general safeguarding question.

Please click "Contact Safeguarding Team" below.

We will aim to get back to you within the next working day

Our Safeguarding Culture

We encourage a growing culture where:

Everyone takes responsibility for keeping young people safe.

We safeguard children with excellence, as the best possible backdrop within which to communicate, demonstrate and live out an authentic witness to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

We promote the safety of young people as well as taking steps to prevent them from experiencing harm.

Children are listened to, respected and where the Child Protection Officer (CPO) is swiftly informed of any disclosures and observations of harm or potential harm to a young person.

Best practice principles are known, understood and applied within new and changing situations, rather than being conceptualized as a narrow set of rules that are learned by rote and not by heart.

Local staff and leaders are empowered into becoming the experts in keeping safe the young people under their care.

Best practice on the ground is considered as a team, using the Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy (CPS Policy) as a baseline starting point and a helping hand.

Child safety considerations form a natural part of leadership meetings, event planning and informal conversations.

There is accountability through our line management structure so that the CPS Policy can be effectively implemented ongoingly at a local level.

Full communication with the CPO and line management occurs in response to any situation where child safety may be compromised.

Our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy (CPS)

Our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy (CPS) is regularly and reviewed periodically by our trustees. It has been reviewed by ThirtyOne:Eight safeguarding consultants and incorporates their 10 Safeguarding Standards.

Click here to see what the CPS Policy covers

Safer Recruitment

Training & Accountability of staff & volunteers

How to respond to harmful situations & disclosures

Ministry practice guidelines

Electronic communications

Health & safety and risk assessments

Serving young people with additional needs

Driving young people

Serving adults at risk

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Our Safeguarding Team

Benedict Sutton

Child Protection Officer

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Benedict has served as CPO since 2012 and is the primary focal point for coordinating responses to child protection disclosures, advising local ministries on policy matters and keeping the board updated on caseload trends. He also brings leadership across YLI’s operational functions, so that our systems and policies help our field teams engage with even more young people. When he’s not writing policies you might find him with a viola under his shoulder or sitting on a piano stool.

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Denise Garrell

Deputy Child Protection Officer

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​ A valued member of the Operations Team, Denise has served as DCPO since 2014, providing support to our disclosure handling processes. She also manages our Volunteer Application Process and coordinates DBS checking. When she’s not vetting youthworkers, Denise enjoys film and theatre, reading, traveling and sports.

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