Our Commitment to Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
The Committee is fully aware of its duties as set out in the HM Government statutory guidance document “Working together to safeguard children – A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children” produced in March 2015,
The Committee will, as far as reasonably practicable:
- ensurevolunteers are aware of their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children & understand how they should respond to child protection concerns and make a referral to local authority children’s social care or the police if necessary
- identify clear lines of accountability including a designated role responsible for safeguarding
- nominate a committee member to take leadership responsibility for the organisation’s safeguarding arrangements
- ensure safe recruitment practice is in operation
- Ensure that there is training to include safeguarding arrangements
- provide supervision, support and training for volunteers
- maintain clear policies and procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse.
Meeting Our Commitments
The Committee recognises and accepts its responsibility to provide a safe environment for all children and vulnerable adults with whom it comes into contact:
- all staff, volunteers and Trustees recognise their responsibility for helping to safeguard children and vulnerable adults and that this is reinforced by training and through team meetings;
- all relevant health and safety policies and procedures are followed. This includes maintaining and implementing effective accident and emergency procedures and ensuring that suitable first aid is available;
- Committee has a legal duty is to pass on concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or vulnerable adult to the appropriate agencies.
- Any allegations of abuse against staff employed for events and volunteers will be investigated fully and passed onto the appropriate authorities.
- Committee will co-operate fully with the authorities in any subsequent investigation.
- Children Act of 1989 – which states that the welfare and developmental needs of children are of paramount concern and over-ride other considerations; that protecting children is a shared responsibility and the importance of different agencies working together to safeguard children’s welfare.
- The Children Act 2004 – emphasised the ‘every child matters’ agenda and emphasised the importance of partnership working and the sharing of information. The Act defines a child as a person under 18
- The Sex Offenders Act 1997 and the Sexual Offences Act of 2003 – which protect children by monitoring adults who pose a risk, creating offences with which they can be charged and stopping them from working with children.
- The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012) – which established a new centralised vetting and barring scheme for people working with children and vulnerable adults.
- The Care Act 2014, and subsequent guidance notes set out responsibilities for protecting adults with care and support needs from abuse or neglect for the first time in primary legislation.