HGO Safeguarding Policy
Protecting Children and/or Vulnerable Adults
Our charitable activities include working with children and may also include working with vulnerable adults. The purpose of this policy is to protect children and vulnerable adults and provide stakeholders and the public with the overarching principles that guide our approach in doing so.
We believe 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 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 any 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:
- Other UK regulators, if applicable, such as Ofsted or CQC.
- Other authorities, such as the DfES or NHS.
Types of Abuse
Abuse can take many forms, such as physical, psychological or emotional, financial, sexual or institutional abuse, including neglect and exploitation. This policy covers all such types of abuse.
Reporting 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 member of the public, make your concerns known to a member of our team, who will alert a senior member of the charity.
For members of the charity, 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.
Trustee and General Safeguarding Responsibilities
Trustees. This safeguarding policy will be reviewed and approved by the Board annually.
Trustees are aware of and will comply with the Charity Commission guidance on safeguarding and protecting people . These include:
- Creating a culture of respect, in which everyone feel safe and able to speak up.
- Providing oversight of any lapses in safeguarding.
- ensuring that any issues are properly investigated and dealt with quickly, fairly and sensitively, and any reporting to the Police/statutory authorities is carried out.
- Ensuring safeguarding risk assessments are carried out 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 volunteers.
- Planning programmes/activities to take into account potential safeguarding risks, to ensure these are adequately mitigated.
- Ensuring that all appointments that require DBS clearance and safeguarding training are identified, including the level of DBS and any training required.
- Ensuring that safeguarding requirements (eg 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 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 how to report these.
Everyone. To be aware of our procedures, undertake any necessary training, be aware of the risks and signs of potential abuse and, if you have concerns, to report these immediately (see above).
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 and 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 – Online Safeguarding
We will identify and manage online risks by ensuring:
- Volunteers and trustees understand how to keep themselves safe online.
- The online services we provide are suitable for your users.
- The services we use and/or provide are safe and in line with our code of conduct.
- We 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 from 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 provider using their reporting process.
Approval and Review
Reviewed and Approved by HGO Board of Trustees on 11 September 2023. To be reviewed on or before 11 September 2024.