LACA Safeguarding

The Long Ashton Community Association (LACA) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children, young people and vulnerable adults that visit and use our centre.

To achieve this, we have a robust safeguarding policy and procedures in place, that is underpinned by role-specific safeguarding training designed to help our team identify those at risk.

The training provides our team with the knowledge and skills they need to implement Safeguarding. It teaches them the common types of abuse, how to recognise them, and how to correctly report their concerns.

We believe that:

  • children, young people and vulnerable adults should never experience abuse of any kind
  • we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • some children, young people and vulnerable adults are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
  • working in partnership with children, young people, vulnerable adults, parents, carers, and other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare

We will seek to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe by:

  • valuing, listening to and respecting them
  • appointing a designated safeguarding officer
  • adopting child protection and safeguarding
  • best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures so that all staff and volunteers know about and follow our policies, procedures and behaviour codes confidently and competently
  • recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary DBS checks are made
  • recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance
  • sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children and their families via leaflets, posters, making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern
  • using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
  • using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
  • creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
  • ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
  • ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, vulnerable adults, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
  • building a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns

If you have any questions or would like to share your concerns regarding a child, young person or vulnerable adult, please contact our designated safeguarding officer.

Contact details:

Designated safeguarding officer

Name: Sally-Anne Tarsey

Phone: Tel:01275 393570

Email our Safeguarding officer