Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults

Our Commitment

The Young Lives Foundation (YLF) is committed to the safeguarding and well-being of children and vulnerable adults both in society as a whole and in our own operations and activities.

We will champion and promote the safety of children and vulnerable adults above all else and expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment and to create an open environment where everyone feels able to raise concerns, knows that concerns are listened to with a readiness to involve other agencies as necessary.

As a voluntary agency working with children and vulnerable adults, YLF form part of a wider safeguarding system as described in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and we work with partners as appropriate, in accordance with our statutory responsibility, to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding Policies Handbook


Please note the YLF mainline telephone and email is not monitored evenings or weekends. If you have an urgent safeguarding concern, please follow the links below to find the most appropriate service to contact.

If you are concerned a young person or vulnerable adult is at immediate risk of significant harm you can call the Police on 999 or 101 (non-emergencies).

Young People

If you are a young person needing help and are in immediate danger or at risk of immediate danger you can call the Police on 999.

If you need someone to talk to click on the following links:

Childline 24/7 or call 0800 1111

Kent and Medway Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service

Social Services Out of Hours (after 5pm)
03000 419 191 (Kent & Medway)

YLF Staff

If you are a YLF staff member or YLF volunteer and you have a concern, please see:

YLF Safeguarding Flow Chart

YLF Safeguarding Policies Handbook


If you are a member of the public and you are concerned about a:

child in Medway click here

vulnerable adult in Medway click here

child in Kent please click here

vulnerable adult in Kent please click here

– young person’s mental health or a young person is in a mental health crisis, please click here

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