Our Safeguarding Promise

Our aim is to play our part in making safer communities

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What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is a term used to protect the health, well-being, and human rights of individuals. Effective safeguarding is making sure that everyone is safe. Safeguarding practice should have the principles of empowerment, prevention, proportionality, protection, partnership and accountability within all working practices.

Our safeguarding principles are to  

  • Prevent risk as much as possible

  • Protect all by embedding safe practices in our communities

  • Empower all in recognising signs and impact of being at risk

  • Educate all about safeguarding, risk and impact of trauma

Our responsibility is to ensure we deliver services that uphold our promise and principles.

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Gemma Watson - Email: TBsafeguarding@gmail.com

A Designated Safeguarding Officer or Lead is the person who has responsibility for ensuring the organisations safeguarding policy is adhered to.


The T.H.I.N.K. BIG Project is committed to creating a culture of safe, equal and protective working practice for all individuals who engage with our products and services and are free from harm. The T.H.I.N.K. BIG Project has a strong commitment to ensuring the highest standards of safeguarding and a contextualised approach. Safeguarding is a key component of the ethos of the organisation where safeguarding is understood by everyone. Trustees, staff and volunteers take their responsibility very serious and they will always promote the welfare of all the young people that encounter the organisation. Our aim will be to create a safe environment for young people and take to enable all children to have the best outcomes. 

Contextualised Safeguarding

Carlene Firmin created a framework that is used to inform policy and practice approaches to safeguarding adolescents. She is groundbreaking in the forward thinking in the movement understanding safeguarding.

We understand that life for young people can be very complex and understanding what life is like for them is key. 


This pandemic has bought a range of emotions and experiences. We understand that adjustment, bereavement and domestic violence has been on the inline since the pandemic. We recognise that these are ACES and traumatic experiences that need to be addressed for both young people and adults. 

We also recognise that knife crime was a pandemic before COVID-19 and by addressing at-risk behaviours and life experiences we aim to change pathways and give opportunities to young people.