In July 2015 the House of Commons Service and House of Lords Administration contracted Barnardo’s to carry out a review of its safeguarding practices and procedures.
This was with a view to coordinating and strengthening our existing arrangements for dealing with children and vulnerable adults who visit Parliament or engage with our outreach activities.
Barnardo’s produced a report of findings with recommendations, which have been taken forward by the House of Commons Executive Committee and the House of Lords Management Board. This has led to the appointment of a Safeguarding Board for Parliament to oversee the implementation of the recommendations in the report and to ensure that appropriate safeguarding practices and procedures are in place.
The commitment of the two Houses to safeguarding is set out in the following policy statement:
Within the Houses of Parliament, we take seriously our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, both during visits to the Parliamentary Estate, and when our staff engage with them in the community. We are committed to providing a safe environment and ensuring that we can confidently and competently fulfil our safeguarding responsibilities.
Visit Parliament News: Safeguarding review of the Parliament Estate published