We recognise the unique status of children and young people and will respect them as individuals. We believe it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people under the age of 18 by a commitment to practice that protects them and promotes their welfare.

We recognise that all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse. The welfare of the child/young person is paramount.

The highest professional standards will be continually encouraged and maintained at Thrive Teams. Any allegation of abuse disclosed will be taken seriously and we will collaborate fully with the statutory and voluntary agencies concerned.

Our Safeguarding Policy is reviewed and updated annually and applies to all Thrive staff, management committee members, sessional workers, interns, students and volunteers. It aims to provide protection and promote wellbeing for the children and young people who receive Thrive services; to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm, and; to protect staff from malicious allegations. A copy is available upon request.


If you have a safeguarding concern about a young person, contact the designated person for safeguarding on 01865 788350 or sarah.james [at]

Thrive volunteers should report to their Team Leader in the first instance if you feel uncomfortable about the behaviour of ANY adult (including colleagues) or child towards a child, or if you have concerns about a child’s situation.

If you are wondering if you should report, then you should.

Download: Thrive Safeguarding Policy

What others are saying about Thrive

“I have known Thrive and the work it does for and with disadvantaged young people in Barton and Blackbird Leys for many years. Its enthusiastic young team, allied to its sound governance and long term approach, have made a significant difference to the lives of many whose prospects and opportunities would otherwise have been very poor. It is excellent that their model and work have now been extended into Abingdon. It is an organisation that richly deserves philanthropic support to both continue and expand its work.”

Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire