Safeguarding

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is something which affects most organisations in the third sector, even those which don't target their services specifically for those groups.

Any family-friendly organisation has children on its premises from time to time. And if you offer any kind adult education activities you are likely to encounter vulnerable adults - a very broad term which covers people with mental or physical disabilities or sensory impairment, the elderly and even in some cases people who are simply ill or do not speak English.

If you haven't got a clear approach to safeguarding we can introduce one:
  • Drafting a Safeguarding Policy to incorporate into your staff handbook or management procedures.
  • Running teach-in sessions for your trustees, staff and volunteers.
  • Guidance on obtaining Enhanced Disclosure reports from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
  • Vital guidance on how to interpret the reports from the CRB and what actions to take.
  • Balancing your need to protect vulnerable groups with your obligations under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act - you can't simply blacklist everyone with any kind of criminal record.
With a clear Safeguarding Policy, vigorously implemented, people of all ages who take up your services will be better protected from danger. You will also find that funders are more likely to offer you projects and more local people will come forward as volunteers. You win both ways, so why not contact us now to discuss this further.