Safeguarding Policy

SAFEGUARDING POLICY & PROCEDURE 

CHILD PROTECTION & VULNERABLE ADULTS

Definitions

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.

Vulnerable adults are over the age of 18 and who may be unable to take care of themselves by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness or unable to protect  themselves against harm or exploitation.

Policy Statement

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 becomes apparent.

The Trust will respond promptly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse.

The Trust has 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.

It is Trust Policy that Employees and Volunteers should not, during the course of their duties and whilst in Trust managed premises, be alone with children or vulnerable adults.

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 be aware of and follow this policy.
  • Ensure our own conduct and behaviour towards children, young people and vulnerable adults is appropriate. 

Safeguarding Procedure

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 team within 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 NYCC Team should be contacted directly.

4. Suspicions should not be discussed with anyone else.

5. The DP will take advice from the appropriate NYCC 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 their 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 Paul Doherty who can be contacted on 07504 330517

The North Yorkshire Multi-Agency Screening Team for children and the Safeguarding Adults Board can be contacted through North Yorkshire County Council’s Customer Resolution Centre on 01609 780780

Sherburn Coronavirus Aid Group (SCAG)

The Trust has taken responsibility for this Group which is providing aid to isolated people during the 2020 Covid-19 crisis. This is envisaged to be only operating for a short period but nevertheless the provisions of this Policy will apply.

For this activity the Designated Person will be Paul Doherty who can be contacted on 07504 330517. 

This Policy was adopted by the Trustees during April 2020 (by email)

Amendment agreed at Trustee meeting 28/9/2020