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 Rescue4Children (R4C)
The purpose of this policy:
- to protect children and young people and vulnerable adults who R4C personnel may come into contact with, or observe or hear information concerning the welfare of.
- to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to the protection of vulnerable adults.;
We believe that:
A child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind and that the welfare of the child / young person is paramount.
All children and vulnerable adults, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
Every single child or young person who accesses our services has a right to a life free from fear, to be treated with dignity and respect and to have their choice respected and not be forced to do anything against their will.
People have the right to decide how they live and the risks they take in their lives without outside intervention, provided they do not harm others and provided there is no evidence to suggest that they are the victim of a criminal offence or are putting themselves in danger because they do not have the mental capacity to make that decision.
We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
Working in partnership is essential in promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Definition of abuse:
Abuse can come in many forms and here are some examples;
· Physical abuse – Purposefully injuring to threatening to injure a child, young person or vulnerable adult. This may take the form of slapping, punching, kicking, shaking, shoving or grabbing. The injury may take the form of cuts, bruises, burns or fractures.
· Emotional abuse – A chronic attack on the recipients self-esteem. This may involve name calling, threatening, ridiculing, intimidating or isolating.
· Neglect – the failure to provide or ignoring the need for basic necessities of life (where such necessities are available) such as food, clothing, shelter, medication and supervision.
· Sexual Abuse – Rape, sexual assault or sexual acts, where the young person or vulnerable adult has not consented or has been coerced into giving consent through abuse. Engaging a child sexually regardless of consent.
· Financial or material abuse – theft, fraud, exploitation, misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.
· Discriminatory abuse – Racism, ageism, sexism, based on disability or other harassment.
We will seek to keep children and young people and vulnerable adults safe by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them;
- adopting child protection and vulnerable adult safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers;
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training;
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made;
- sharing information about child protection safeguarding vulnerable adults and good practice with service users, staff and volunteers
- sharing concerns with agencies who need to know and involve carers or representatives as appropriate.
- Staying up to date with developments on safeguarding best practice, reporting and auditing our safeguarding activities annually and reviewing and updating our policies and practices every 3 years.