SAFEGUARDING POLICY & PROCEDURES
CHILD PROTECTION & VULNERABLE ADULTS
This policy applies to all employees, trustees and volunteers who act on behalf of Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust.
A child in this context is anyone under the age of 19.
A vulnerable adult is a person over the age of 18 and who may be unable to take care of him/herself by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness or unable to protect him/herself against harm or exploitation.
Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust has a responsibility to protect children and vulnerable adults from the possibility of being abused within the organisation and to act if allegations of abuse are made, or abuse comes to light.
Volunteers and employees will be trained to be aware of the issues and to recognise signs and symptoms of possible abuse and to be aware of the procedures outlined below.
The Trust will respond promptly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse.
The Trust will have a procedure for investigating concerns about possible abuse and taking appropriate action to manage the situation and prevent any recurrence.
The Trustees will appoint a designated Safeguarding person to oversee the implementation of this policy.
Volunteers and Employees Responsibilities
Volunteers, employees and trustees are not expected to be experts in this field, it is their responsibility to:
Take seriously and respond to any allegations made.
Be alert to possible signs of abuse and follow this procedure.
Ensure our own conduct and behaviour towards children, young people and vulnerable adults is appropriate.
l. Report concerns as soon as possible to the designated person (DP). If the DP cannot be contacted and it is an emergency, the relevant Assessment Team of North Yorkshire County Council should be contacted at the number given below.
2. The DP will record details of the concern, the action taken and any other facts.
3. If the suspicions relate to the DP, then the Assessment Team should be contacted directly.
4. Suspicions should not be discussed with anyone else.
5. The DP will take advice from the appropriate Assessment Team. If a referral is made the DP will carry out all related requirements within the set timescales.
6. It is the right of any individual to make direct referrals to the safeguarding agencies if they feel the Trust has not responded appropriately to concerns.
7. If there are concerns about the behaviour of a colleague which does not amount to concern of abuse against a specific individual, this procedure should still be followed.
8. If someone external to the Trust wants to raise a concern about the behaviour of a member of staff or volunteer they should be referred to the DP in the first instance.
Designated Person’s duties:
Investigate concerns that fall within this policy, take action and record the facts.
Liaise with statutory agencies as appropriate.
Ensure induction and ongoing training adequately deals with safeguarding issues.
Ensure policy and practice are updated in light of specialist guidance.
Communicate the Trust’s policy to people/agencies hiring rooms and offices.
Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust Designated Person for Safeguarding is Kevin Devers
Both the Children’s Advice and Assessment Team and the Adult Assessment and Safeguarding Team can be contacted on this number:
North Yorkshire County Council’s Customer Resolution Centre: 01609 780780