Statement of Intent: Safeguarding young adults
It is the policy of Access to safeguard the welfare of all young people with which it works by protecting them from neglect and physical, sexual and emotional harm.
We are committed to:
- Taking the interests and wellbeing of young people into account, in all our considerations and activities.
- Respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom we work.
- Taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from neglect, physical, sexual
and emotional abuse.
- Promoting the welfare of young people and their protection within a position of trust.
All directors or employees of Access or contractors and volunteers who work with NYT are responsible for putting this policy into practice at all times.
Each employee, contractor or volunteer has a responsibility to ensure that young people are protected from harm. It is the responsibility of all to ensure that:
- Their behaviour is appropriate at all times.
- They observe the rules established for the safety and security of young people.
- They follow the procedures following suspicion, disclosure or allegation of child abuse.
- They recognise the position of trust in which they have been placed.
- In every respect, the relationships they form with the young people under their care areappropriate.
It is the policy of Access that all employees, contractors and volunteers who will work with young people undergo a Disclosure and Barring check unless one is already held by the individual which is less than three years old. It is the responsibility of the individual to contact Access regarding the status of their current DBS. If a new disclosure application is required this process will involve setting up an appointment with Access to prove identity. Access will cover the costs of obtaining the Disclosure through its representatives.
No relationships of a sexual or intimate nature are acceptable with any young person who has connection with Access even though such persons may be over the age of consent.
Individuals who are working with Access on a short-term basis such as mock interviewers but who have not been DBS checked must be overseen by a DBS checked member of staff or more senior contractor. ‘Overseen’ means checked upon regularly but does not mean watched continually. This oversight role must be taken very seriously by the member of staff who takes responsibility for the contractor or volunteer.
The Access policy is set out in all contracts of employment and sub contractor contracts All allegations or suspicions of abuse, no matter how insignificant they might seem or when/where they occur, must be referred to Kim Chaplain (Director of the Charitable Portfolio) immediately. No information must be withheld or filtered.
Young people’s welfare is always paramount.
If the Executive is implicated in any way, the referral must be made to the Council’s nominated member with oversight of safeguarding. No investigation or questioning is to be undertaken. We are not an investigation agency. The Executive will determine what the next appropriate actions are. All matters will be reported to the Board.
A one page “Code of behaviour” will be issued as a handout for all staff, contractors and volunteers together with an updated “Safeguarding Handbook”. A short handout will be available to all young people with whom we work giving guidance on what they should do in the event of an issue arising. A copy of this document will be made available publicly.
- the welfare of the child is paramount;
- all children without exception have the right to protection from abuse regardless ofgender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs;
- the policy is approved and endorsed by the board of trustees;
- who the policy applies to (i.e. all trustees, staff and volunteers);
- children and parents are informed of the policy and procedures as appropriate;
- all concerns, and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously by trustees, staff andvolunteers and responded to appropriately – this may require a referral to children’sservices and in emergencies, the Police;
- a commitment to safe recruitment, selection and vetting;
- reference to principles, legislation and guidance that underpin the policy;
- arrangements for policy and procedures review;
- reference to all associated policies and procedures which promote children’s safety andwelfare e.g. with regards to: health and safety, anti-bullying, protection of children online, and photography.
Procedures and systems provide clear step-by-step guidance on what to do in different circumstances and they clarify roles and responsibilities. Systems for recording information and dealing with complaints are also needed to ensure implementation and compliance.