We are committed to promoting the welfare of those who come into contact with our organisation, our staff and volunteers. We recognise that all our people, regardless of race, age, ability, gender, identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, have the right to protection from all types of harm or abuse.
We beleive that:
Nobody who is involved in our work should ever experience abuse, harm, neglect or exploitation.
We all have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all of our beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, to keep them safe and to work in a way that protects them.
We all have a collective responsibility for creating a culture in which our people not only feel safe, but also able to speak up, if they have concerns.
Safeguarding Policy Applicability
This safeguarding policy applies to anyone working on our behalf, including our charity trustees and other volunteers.
Partner organisations will be required to have their own safeguarding procedures that must, as a minimum, meet the standards outlined below, and include any additional legal or regulatory requirements specific to their work. These may, but are not limited to:
Safeguarding should be appropriately reflected in other relevant policies and procedures.
Types of abuse
Abuse can take many forms, such as physical, psychological or emotional, financial, sexual or institutional abuse, including neglect an exploitation. A summary of the different types of abuse is available in Appendix 1.
Reporting of safeguarding concerns
If a crime is in progress, or an individual in immediate danger, call the police, as you would in any other circumstances.
If you are a beneficiary, or a member of the public, make your concerns known to a member of our team, who will alert a senior member of the charity and the Safeguarding Lead.
For members of the charity, make your concerns known to your supervisor and to the Safeguarding Lead. If you feel unable to do so, speak to a trustee.
The trustees are mindful of their reporting obligations to the Charity Commission in respect of Serious Incident Reporting and, if applicable, other regulator. They are aware of the Government Guidance on Handling Safeguarding Allegations and NCVO’s guidance on recognising, responding and reporting concerns and Managing reputational risks.
Responsibilities should be made clear and individuals provided with any necessary training and resources to enable them to carry out their role. It should be reflected in job descriptions, annual plan and appraisal objectives if appropriate, reports to the trustees and other procedures, as necessary.
This Safeguarding Policy will be reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees annually.
Trustees are aware of and will comply with the Charity Commission guidance on Safeguarding and Protecting People, and also the 10 actions trustee boards need to take to ensure good safeguarding governance.
The Safeguarding Lead and a lead trustee will be given responsibility for the oversight of all aspects of safety, including whistleblowing and H&SQ. This will include:
- Creating a culture of respect, in which everyone feels safe and able to speak up.
- An annual review of safety, with recommendations to the Board.
- Receiving regular reports, to ensure this and related policies are being applied consistently.
- Providing oversight of any lapses in safeguarding.
- And ensuring that any issues are properly investigated and dealt with quickly, fairly and sensitively, and any reporting to the police/statutory authorities is caried out.
- Leading the organisation in a way that makes everyone feel safe and able to speak up.
- Ensuring safeguarding risk assessments are carried our and appropriate action taken to minimise these risks, as part of our risk management processes.
- Ensuring that all relevant checks are carried out in recruiting staff and volunteers.
- Planning programmes/activities to take into account potential safeguarding risks, to ensure these are adequately mitigated.
- Ensuring that safeguarding requirements (e.g. DBS) and responsibilities are reflected in job descriptions, appraisal objectives and personal development plans, as appropriate.
- Listening and engaging, beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and others and involving them as appropriate.
- Responding to any concerns sensitively and acting quickly to address these.
- Ensuring that personal data is stored and managed in a safe way that is compliant with data protection regulations, including valid consent to use any imagery or video.
- Making staff, volunteers and others aware of:
- Our safeguarding procedures and their specific safeguarding responsibilities on induction, with regular updates/reminders, as necessary.
- The signs of potential abuse and hox to report these
All staff, volunteers and trustees should:
- Be aware of Borne’s safeguarding procedures.
- Undertake any necessary training where applicable.
- Be aware of the risks and signs of potential abuse.
- Report any concerns immediately.
safeguarding and fundraising
We will ensure that:
- We comply with the Code of Fundraising Practice, including fundraising that involves children.
- Staff and volunteers are made aware of the Institute of Fundraising guidance on keeping fundraising safe and the NCVO guidance on vulnerable people and fundraising.
- Our fundraising material is accessible, clear an ethical, including not placing any undue pressure on individuals to donate.
- We do not either solicit nor accept donations from anyone whom we know or think may not be competent to make their own decisions.
- We are sensitive to any particular need that a donor may have.
Charity commission guidance
We will identify and manage online risks by ensuring:
- Volunteers, staff and trustees understand how to keep themselves safe online, by selecting high privacy settings and password access to meetings to support this, where appropriate and reasonable.
- Protect people’s personal data and follow GDPR legislation.
- We have permission to display any images on our website or social media accounts, including consent form an individual, parent. Etc.
- We clearly explain how users can report online concerns. Concerns may be reported using this policy, or direct to a social media provide using their reporting process. These organisations can be contacted for help.
Approval and review
Safeguarding Policy reviewed and approved by the Board, on 6 July 2023. Next review date is 31 July 2024.
Safeguarding Lead – David Badcock, Chief Executive Officer
Main Types of Abuse – Safeguarding Adults
Physical abuse or harm
This may include shaking, pinching and slapping. It may also involve causing needless physical discomfort.
Verbal abuse or harm
Verbal abuse includes name calling, shouting, sarcasm, inappropriate use of humour and insulting, threatening, shaming, demeaning of derogatory language.
Sexual abuse or harm
This includes sexual harassment, inappropriate looking, sexual teasing or inuendo, indecent exposure.
Psychological, emotional abuse or harm
This includes the use of intimidation, rejection, threats, shouting, indifference and the withdrawal of approval.
Financial or material abuse or harm (modern slavery)
This includes the inappropriate use, exploitation or misappropriation of property, possessions of financial resources. It includes theft, deception, false accounting, fraud, exploitation or pressure in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions.
Discriminatory abuse of harm
This is the abuse motivated by discriminatory or oppressive attitudes around race, gender, cultural background, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation. This may take the form of denial of religious practices, lack of appropriate food, denial of the opportunity of health care.
Institutional or organizational abuse or harm
Abuse or harm within an institution or organisation can be personal of institutional/organizational. Any personal abuse would fall into the categories above. Institutional or organisational abuse or harm occurs when procedures and routines mean adults at risk have to sacrifice their rights to meet the needs of the institution of organization.