Comments: Elliott Review - background

I am in a context where safeguarding has been under the spotlight for some years and from different angles in my life and work. Three questions any pastoral organisation should be asking before "are we legally bullet-proof.

(i) Are the people who have been damaged here being appropriately treated?

(ii) Have we reduced the likelihood of harm to others who may be vulnerable (to this person; or in the same way)?

(iii) Have we minimised the collateral damage (a) to those who are or may be innocent (b) to those uninvolved [(b) thinks in part of unnecessary bureaucratic burdens - having seen a serious case review recommending actions which would have done nothing to keep the original victims safe, but would have made the review easier to conduct.]

Key idea: if you have a choice between an action which will keep people safe and an action which will cover your behind, only those who instinctively make the first choice inhabit a robust safeguarding culture.

Posted by Mark Bennet at Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 6:20pm GMT
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