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Safeguarding Policy

This is a summarized policy, to download our full Safeguarding Policy please follow this link. 

Purpose and Scope

This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of IVE.

 

The purpose of this policy:

  • To protect children, young people and adults at risk who receive IVE’s services. This includes

         the children of adults who use our services.

  • To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection.

  • IVE believes that a child, young person or adult at risk should never experience abuse of any kind.

  • A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18

  • An adult at risk (previously known in the past as ‘vulnerable adult’), is an adult who has care  and support needs’, which may include people:

    • who are older

    • with a physical or learning disability or a sensory impairment,

    • with mental health needs, including dementia or a personality disorder,

    • with a long-term health condition, who misuses substances or alcohol to the extent  that it affects their ability to manage day-to-day living,

    • who are carers, providing unpaid care to a family member or friend.

  • The safeguarding adult duties apply to any person aged 18 years or over who:

    • has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;

    • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and

    • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.

 

IVE have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them. To that end we will;

  • Appoint Tim Balogun as our Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for children, young people and adults at risk with Sharron Scott as Deputy and Lyndsey Johnson as Lead Board Member for Safeguarding

  • Adopt child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers

  • Develop, implement and regularly update an effective e-safety policy  and related procedure

  • Provide effective management for staff and volunteers through induction, supervision, support, training (including annual refresher training in relation to this policy) and quality assurance measures

  • Recruit staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made. See our Safer Recruitment Policy

  • Record and store information professionally and securely, and share information about safeguarding and good practice with children, their families, adults at risk, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, one-to-one discussions as appropriate

  • Use our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, involving children, young people, adults at risk, parents, families and carers appropriately

  • Use our policies and procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately

  • Create and maintain an anti-bullying environment and ensure we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise. See our Bullying and Harassment policy

  • Ensure that we have effective complaints and Whistleblowing measures in place

  • Ensure that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, adults at risk, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures (including Risk Assessments) in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance

  • Promote a commitment to safeguarding and a culture of vigilance to ensure all children, young people and adults at risk feel safe

  • This and subsequent references to ‘children, young people and adults’ will include apprentices.

 

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, young people and adults at risk namely:

  • Children Act 1989

  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991

  • Data Protection Act 1998

  • Human Rights Act 1998

  • Sexual Offences Act 2003

  • Education Act 2002

  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

  • The Equality Act 2010

  • Protection of Freedom Act 2012

  • Children and Families Act 2014

  • Special education needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years - Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities; HM Government 2014

  • The Care Act 2014

  • Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers; HM Government 2015

  • Working together to safeguarding children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; HM Government 2015

  • Data Protection Act 2018

  • The Childcare (Disqualification) Regulation 2018

  • Guidance for Safer Working Practices 2019

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education DfE 2022

  • Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges DfE Sept 2021

 

DSO Contact Details

Designated Safeguarding Officer Name: Tim Balogun (Executive Director)

Email: tim@weareIVE.org

Phone: 07930464924 / 0113 322 3050

 

Deputy DSO

Name: Sharron Scott

Email: sharron@weareive.org

Phone: 07877 119 282

 

Any queries or comments about this policy should be addressed to the Executive Director.

 

Appendix E Useful documents

Keeping Arts Safe. Arts Council 2005

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused, DCSF 2006

Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education, DCSF 2007

Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who Work with Children and Young People, DCSF 2009

 Working Together to Safeguard Children, DCSF 2010 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/942454/Working_together_to_safeguard_children_inter_agency_guidance.pdf

The Care Act Department of Health and Social Care 2014 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/contents/enacted

 

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges 2021 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1014224/Sexual_violence_and_sexual_harassment_between_children_in_schools_and_colleges.pdf

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