(Supporting People & Community Empowerment)
Safeguarding Statement Revised in November 2022
Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults
Our charitable activities include working with children and vulnerable adults. The purpose of our Safeguarding policy is to protect children and vulnerable adults and provide stakeholders and the public with the overarching principles that guide our approach in doing so. Vulnerability can refer to the situation someone is in, or refer to a lack of mental capacity, mental or physical frailty, for example, an inability to communicate dementia or mobility impairment. A safeguarding issue can arise in any setting and can be an immediate concern or an allegation about something happening now, in the past or in the future. It can be one incident or a series of incidents. Abuse can take many forms, such as physical, psychological or emotional, financial, sexual, or institutional abuse, including neglect and exploitation.
We believe that:
● Nobody who is involved in our work should ever experience abuse, harm, neglect or exploitation
● We all have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all of our beneficiaries, staff, and volunteers, to keep them safe and to work in a way that protects them
● We all have a collective responsibility for creating a culture in which people not only feel safe but also able to speak up, if they have any concerns. Safeguarding Procedures We have a policy, procedures, information and training so that all staff and volunteers can identify and respond appropriately to safeguarding concerns, reporting to the relevant agencies such as the police or local authority safeguarding bodies. Safeguarding Policy Applicability The SPACE (Supporting People And Community Empowerment) Safeguarding Policy applies to anyone working on our behalf, including our Charity Trustees and other volunteers.
Partner organizations will be required to have their own safeguarding procedures which must, as a minimum, meet the standards set out below, and include any additional legal or regulatory requirement specific to their work. These may include, but are not limited to: Other UK regulators, if applicable, such as Ofsted or CQC Other authorities such as DfES or NHS. Reporting If a crime is in progress, or an individual in immediate danger, the police will be called as they would in any other circumstances. If a beneficiary or member of the public has concerns, these should be made known to any member of our team, who will alert a senior member of the charity.
If a member of the charity has concerns, these should be reported to a senior officer of the charity, or to a Trustee. Accountability The Board of Trustees approves the Safeguarding Policy and has oversight of the Charity’s duty of care, which includes ensuring the necessary steps to safeguard those at risk from abuse are properly documented, managing risk and the reputation of the Charity.
The Trustees are mindful of their reporting obligations to the Charity Commission in respect of Serious Incident Reporting and are aware of Government guidance on handling safeguarding allegations. Trustees are aware of and will comply with the Charity Commission guidance on safeguarding and protecting people, and also the 10 actions trustee boards need to take to ensure good safeguarding governance.