Safeguarding Policy

Friends of Evington Safeguarding Adults Policy 1.0

Ratified Yes
Status

Working document

Issued May 2020
Approved By Trustees Yes
Consultation  Evington Mutual Aid
Equality Impact Assessment Completed  No
Distribution All individual members and group members’ representative of the charity
Implementation Date  12th May 2020
Planned Review Date

May 2022

Version 1.0
Author Helen Pettman (Secretary of Friends of Evington)
Friends of Evington’s Safeguarding officer:  Mr. Paul Archdeacon

 

Policy Validity Statement

Policy users should ensure that they are consulting the currently valid version of the documentation. This document will be reviewed one year from its issue date.

Approval

The policy will remain valid, including during its period of review. However, the policy must be reviewed  next year and afterwards at least once in every 3 year period.

Contents

Status form

Introduction

Definition

Purpose

Basic principles

Positive Learning

Types of abuse

Procedures

Guidance for Mutual Aid street helpers/volunteers

Safe recruitment and vetting procedures

Implementation

Monitoring, Review and Archiving 

  1. INTRODUCTION

This policy sets out how Friends of Evington will fulfil its statutory duties and responsibilities effectively both within its own organisation and for the affiliated groups and members that help with Friends of Evington’s charitable vision and objectives.

VISION:  To inspire a healthy community in Evington through bringing environmental and educational projects to life, providing solutions that benefit local people and protect the planet.

OBJECTIVES:

TO PROMOTE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC THE CONSERVATION PROTECTION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE PHYSICAL AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT IN THE EVINGTON SUBURB OF LEICESTER AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.

TO PROMOTE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INHABITANTS OF EVINGTON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR RECREATION OR OTHER LEISURE TIME OCCUPATION OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NEED OF SUCH FACILITIES BY REASON OF THEIR YOUTH, AGE, INFIRMITY OR DISABLEMENT, FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES OR FOR THE PUBLIC AT LARGE IN THE INTERESTS OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND WITH THE OBJECT OF IMPROVING THE CONDITION OF LIFE OF THE SAID INHABITANTS.

  1. DEFINITION

This safeguarding policy is to make it clear what Friends of Evington will do to keep adults safe.

The safeguarding duties outlined within this policy apply to an adult 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.
  1. PURPOSE

4.1  This policy aims to ensure that no act or omission by the Friends of Evington as a charitable organisation, puts adults at risk of abuse or neglect.  That systems are in place to proactively safeguard adults at risk of abuse or neglect and to support volunteers in fulfilling their roles.

4.2  This policy describes how the Friends of Evington will discharge the responsibility for ensuring its own organisation fulfil the duty to safeguard adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

4.3  This policy can be used by all volunteers registered by Friends of Evington, including groups registered by Friends of Evington who may wish to adopt this policy.

4.4  All volunteer trustees and volunteer members  should be made aware of this policy.

  1. PRINCIPLES

The six principles of safeguarding are:

Enpowerment: People are supported and confident through being encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.

Prevention: It is better to take action before harm occurs.

Proportionality: The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.

Protection: Support and representation for those in greatest need.

Partnership: Local solutions through communities working with services.

Accountability: Accountability and transparency in safeguarding practice.

  1. POSITIVE LEARNING CULTURE

In developing this policy the Friends of Evington recognises that safeguarding adults is everyone’s responsibility and that there is the need for effective joint working between agencies and professionals who have different roles and expertise if those vulnerable adults in society are to be protected from harm. In order to achieve effective joint-working there must be constructive relationships at all levels.

*a clear line of accountability for safeguarding, i.e. a named trustee lead to take overall leadership responsibility for the organisation’s safeguarding arrangements;

*clear policies

*informing their volunteers in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues.

*effective interagency working with local authorities, the police and third sector organisations which includes appropriate arrangements to cooperate with local authorities in the operation of Covid-19.

*effective systems for responding to abuse and neglect of adults.

*supporting the development of a positive learning culture across partnerships for safeguarding adults to ensure that organisations are not risk averse and seek to scapegoat or blame volunteer practitioners.

*The Care Act 2014 provides a comprehensive framework for the care and protection of adults, stating the following aims:

to stop abuse or neglect wherever possible;

prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and

support needs;

safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices and having

control about how they want to live;

promote an approach that concentrates on improving the life of the adult

concerned;

raise public awareness so that communities as a whole, work alongside professionals, play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect;

provide information and support in accessible ways to help people understand the different types of abuse, how to stay safe and what to do to raise a concern

about the safety or well-being of an adult; and

address what has caused the abuse or neglect.

In order to achieve these aims, it is necessary to:

  • ensure that everyone, both individuals and organisations, are clear about their roles and responsibilities;
  • create strong multi-agency partnerships that provide timely and effective prevention of and responses to abuse or neglect;

7 TYPES OF ABUSE:

  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic violence or abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological or emotional abuse
  • Financial or material abuse
  • Modern slavery
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Organisational or institutional abuse
  • Neglect or acts of omission
  • Self-neglect