Safeguarding and Operations Manual

The documents in this page cover a broad range of important topics relating to both Safeguarding principles and Operational guidance. It serves as a framework for the safe implementation of Safe Families for Children throughout the UK.

The key Manual has been written with the aim of being accessible and helpful to a range of audiences – including those with, and those without specialist knowledge of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and the complexities of running a charitable organisation.

We trust you will find the documents and forms a valuable resource as we work together to achieve our vision of seeing families in crisis move from surviving to thriving as they are embraced by compassionate and committed local volunteers.

Below you will find a link to the complete manual, plus individual links to frequently used forms and ancillary policy documents.  

Link to full Safeguarding & Operations Manual


1 DBS Audit Form DBS Audit Log 

2 Reference Form Reference Request

3 Assessment Form Volunteer Assessment

4 Application Form Volunteer Application

5 DBS Instructions DBS Instructions

6 DBS Self Declaration Form DBS Self Declaration Form


1 Referral Form

2. Forward Referral Form Forward Referral Form

3 Sensitive Information Report Form Sensitive Information Report Form

4 Consent Form Consent for Family Friend Support

5 Child Information Form Child Information Form

6 Host Family Debrief Host Family Debrief Guide

7 Consent for a Stay Consent for a Stay


1 Manual Safeguarding & Operations Manual

2 NSPCC Fact sheet NSPCC Recognising signs of abuse

3 Abuse Definitions Safe Families for Children Abuse Definitions

4 Safeguarding Policy- Headline Statements Safeguarding Policy-Headline Statements

5 Feedback and Complaint Form Feedback Complaints Form

6 Dealing with an allegation of abuse against Safe Families for Children team members Dealing with an allegation of abuse against Safe Families for Children team members


1 Volunteer Handbook Volunteer Handbook


1 Family Friend Role Description Family Friend

2 Host Family Role Description Host Family

3 Church Coordinator Role Description Church Coordinator