Child Protection/Safeguarding

Raising Youth is a community and all those directly connected (staff, trustees, parents/carers, families and children) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. Staff at Raising Youth recognise their moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

The charity recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Our core safeguarding principles are:

  • It is everyone's to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern

  • All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection

  • All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account

  • All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies

  • All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

The charity has appointed Callum Thomas as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and the Prevent Lead. The DSL has the overall responsibility for the day to day oversight of safeguarding and child protection systems. The DSL will undergo appropriate and specific training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their role. The charity has appointed additional staff to deputise for the DSL. The role of the deputy DSL is to take responsibility for the day to day oversight when the DSL is not present. Lucy-Rose Stevens has been appointed as Deputy DSL. The Deputy DSLs has attended appropriate training which enables them to fulfil this role. Whilst the activities of the designated safeguarding lead may be delegated to the deputy, the ultimate lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection remains with the designated safeguarding lead and this responsibility will not be delegated.

You can contact the Safeguarding Leads by emailing: or calling us 0330 133 4874 selecting Option 1.

To contact the local authority designated officer "LADO" Sallyanne French - and Lucy Greig -

Please be advised that the main telephone number for the LADO Service (01634 331 065) will be answered between 9am-5pm.

Alternatively, please complete a LADO referral form which can be accessed via the link below, once completed please send to

If you are ever concerned about the welfare of a child, you can also contact Medway Children's Social Care:

01634 334466 Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

03000 419 191 - out of hours

Medway Safeguarding Children's Partnership Website