Safeguarding Regulations and Guidance Notes

Closed 17 Dec 2018

Opened 16 Nov 2018

Feedback updated 7 Jan 2019

We asked

The purpose of the consultation was to seek comments on the proposed content of the Safeguarding Board (Qualifications and Procedures) Regulations 2018, which set out the functions and operation of the Board and the Safeguarding Together Guidance, which provides a framework for professionals to work together to meet the requirements of the Safeguarding Act 2018.

Views were sought from everyone, but in particular from relevant stakeholders, including Government Departments, the third sector, private sector organisations and voluntary agencies that provide services to children and vulnerable adults.

Within the Programme for Government 2016-2021 the Isle of Man Government has committed to a society that is inclusive and caring. Within the theme of ‘Healthy and Safe Island’ there is a further commitment to improve the quality of life for children, young people, vulnerable adults and families at risk.

You said

The consultation had 14 responses:

  • 12 online responses and
  • a further 2 which were received by email

Of these total 14 responses:

  • 9 respondents consented to publishing their response and these are now published and available to review
  • 2 of the responses made specific comments on fostering and family placement services – the Cabinet Office has ensured these comments have been passed on anonymously to the relevant Department

Of the 12 online responses, 8 were submitted by individuals and 4 were submitted on behalf of organisations.

Responses to the consultation included:

  • the scope of the Regulations and data sharing
  • the appointment of independent Board members
  • third and private sector representation on the Board
  • a number of specific comments in respect of the practical operation of the Board and panels
  • DBS checks
  • the responsibilities of non-affiliated bodies
  • a number of queries regarding the provisions within the Safeguarding Together Guidance
  • the potential burden on volunteers
  • partnership working
  • risk management
  • implementation of learning outcomes
  • the practicalities of partnerships working

Full consideration has been given to the consultation responses received resulting in a number of amendments to the Regulations and Safeguarding Together Guidance.

We did

The Regulations and Safeguarding Together Guidance have been submitted for consideration at the January 2019 sitting of Tynwald.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Safeguarding Act 2018, which received Royal Assent in April 2018, will, subject to the approval of Tynwald, come into effect in parallel with the underpinning Regulations and Statutory Guidance.

The Act strengthens the safeguarding arrangements in the Isle of Man for children and vulnerable adults by:

  • establishing in statute a single Safeguarding Board that will, broadly, continue to undertake the work of the Safeguarding Children Board and the Safeguarding Adults Partnership
  • creating a statutory duty for those working with children and vulnerable adults, requiring them to make arrangements to ensure that when they exercise their functions they consciously consider the need to safeguard children and vulnerable adults and
  • requiring the Board and those who work with children or vulnerable adults to co-operate with each other when carrying out their respective safeguarding functions

The Cabinet Office invites comments on the:

  • Safeguarding Board (Qualifications and Procedures) Regulations 2018, which set out the functions and operation of the Board, established under section 6 of the Act and
  • the 'Safeguarding Together' Statutory Guidance 2018, which provides a framework for professionals to work together to meet the requirements in sections 8, 15 and 17 of the Act

It should be noted that whilst the Act includes a number of provisions which allow for further regulations to be introduced, the Regulations, as drafted, are confined to those which provide for the operation and functions of the Board, as such the Cabinet Office also invites comments in respect of the scope of the Regulations.

What happens next

After the consultation is closed the Safeguarding Board will publish a summary of responses received


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