We have recently introduced a new safeguarding policy to help us protect the children, young people and vulnerable adults that visit and use our centre.
As part of our new safeguarding procedures, we now require that all groups and organisations that work with children, young people and variable adults submit a copy of their safeguarding policy to the manager’s office.
What does Safeguarding mean?
Safeguarding means protecting the health and well-being of individuals, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse, harm and neglect.
Safeguarding is an integral part of providing high-quality service and should be a priority for any group or organisation that cares about the welfare of its community members.
Why are we introducing this now?
It is standard practice.
All organisations that are in contact with children are required by law to have a Safeguarding Policy.
Beyond that, we believe that we have a duty of care to help protect the most vulnerable in our community.
We do not believe that Safeguarding is a hindrance or a form of red tape – we believe that the health and welfare of our community members is a priority, therefore Safeguarding has now become a fundamental operation of our charity.
Who needs to have a Safeguarding Policy?
If a group or organisation has contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults, then they will need a Safeguarding policy.
Does this include baby and toddler groups run by parent volunteers?
All groups that are in contact with children – including baby and toddler groups – are required by law to have a Safeguarding Policy.
It is an easy mistake to think that because parents and carers are always present in these types of groups, then it isn’t necessary to have a Safeguarding Policy.
However, Safeguarding is more than sheltering children from potential outside predators. Statistically, most child abuse happens in the home and many cases remain hidden.
Safeguarding is about helping people to identify the signs of abuse, harm and neglect and offers them a safe procedure to report any concerns.
What if a group or organisation fails or refuses to submit a Safeguarding policy?
If a group or organisation has contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults, and fails or refuses to submit a Safeguarding policy then we reserve the right to decline their request to hire our facilities.
Does Safeguarding only apply to LACAs buildings?
If a group or organisation has contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults anywhere on our grounds then they will need to submit a Safeguarding policy.
To clarify, LACAs grounds include Peel Park, the Recreation Ground, Football Field, Tennis Courts, Bowling Green, all the buildings and car park.
Can a group or organisation be covered under LACAs Safeguarding policy?
LACAs Safeguarding policy has been specifically tailored for the charity.
Every safeguarding policy is different and specific to each group or organisation.
There is no one size fits all – each group or organisation must take responsibility and be held accountable for their own policies and procedures.
Are there any other changes to LACAs Safeguarding procedures?
As part of LACAs new Safeguarding procedures, all paid staff will undergo Level 1 Safeguarding training. The course provides our team with the knowledge and skills needed to implement Safeguarding. It teaches them the common types of abuse, how to recognise them, and how to correctly report their concerns.
In addition to this, all Trustees, staff and volunteers will undergo an enhanced DBS check.
If you have any questions regarding our Safeguarding procedures, please contact the Manager’s office.
If you would like to learn more about Safeguarding we have put links together that you may find useful.
NCVO Knowhow – What is Safeguarding
Somerset Safeguarding Board – What is adult safeguarding?
NSPCC – Training and resources to help you protect children from abuse and neglect.