Each year, hundreds of thousands of young people take part in a DofE programme. Keeping them safe is our first priority and everyone’s responsibility.

The essence of DofE is personal challenge. We help young people build confidence and resilience by testing themselves, often in unfamiliar environments. That means they’ll encounter risks – it’s part of their personal development. But always in a way that’s carefully managed.

Here, you can find out more about DofE’s approach to keeping young people safe from harm. And how you can report any concerns.

If you need to contact us urgently, please call your local DofE Country Office or the DofE’s Head Office.

Safeguarding Policy

This policy sets out the safeguarding expectations for all staff, volunteers, participants, partners and those working in and for LO’s and AAP’s when they are delivering DofE activities and programmes.

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Digital Safeguarding Policy

As part of our Safeguarding Framework this outlines the charity’s policy, procedures and expected behaviours regarding interactions in the digital environment.

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Safeguarding Procedures

This document sets out the steps to be taken by DofE staff in response to any concern that a child or adult at risk may be experiencing or is at risk of harm or abuse.

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Safeguarding Procedures Report Form

This is the report form from the safeguard procedures document, which is to be completed as fully as possible if you have concerns regarding a child or adult. Please send to [email protected].

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Safeguarding Statement

Our policy and code of conduct ensure the safeguarding of young people is at the heart of how we work at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), and at the heart of how we work with others to deliver the DofE.

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Reporting a safeguarding concern

All organisations we licence are obliged to report any safeguarding concern that involves any participant, or an adult involved in delivery of our programme. This can also be used for care givers, participants or other adults to report concerns. Please send to [email protected].

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Reporting an Incident

The DofE charity collects information about incidents relating to the delivery of DofE programmes around the UK.

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Low Level Concerns Policy

This document sets out the steps to be taken by DofE staff in response to any concern that a child or adult at risk may be experiencing or is at risk of harm or abuse.

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Code of Conduct and Professional Boundaries Policy

This policy is part of the DofE’s Safeguarding framework and it applies to all DofE staff and its volunteers. This includes agency staff, contractors, those on placement or secondment.

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Guidance for parents/carers on keeping children safe during clubs, tuition and activities

A parent and carer’s guide on the safeguarding arrangements you should expect from activity clubs, tutors and coaches.

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If you are a parent or carer, or Licensed Organisation please read the information below to help you keep young people safe.

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