SAFEGUARDING STATMENT

 

The purpose and scope of this policy statement

The purpose of this policy statement is:

  • to protect women and young girls who receive BeLifted’s services from harm. This includes the children of adults who use our services

  • to provide staff and volunteers, as well as women, young girls and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.

 

This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of BeLifted including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students.

 

Legal framework

 

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect women and children in England/Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales.

Supporting documentsThis policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies, procedures, guidance and other related documents.

  • Role description for the designated safeguarding officer

  • Dealing with disclosures and concerns about a child or young person

  • Managing allegations against staff and volunteers

  • Recording concerns and information sharing

  • Child protection records retention and storage

  • Code of conduct for staff and volunteers

  • Behaviour codes for children and young people

  • Photography and sharing images guidance

  • Safer recruitment

  • Online safety

  • Anti-bullying

  • Managing complaints

  • Whistleblowing

  • Health and safety

  • Induction, training, supervision and support

  • Adult to child supervision ratios

We believe that:

 

  • Women and young girls should never experience abuse of any kind

  • We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all people who attend our community events, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of women and young girls is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take all children, 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 women and young girls are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues

  • working in partnership women, young girls their families, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare.

 

We will seek to keep women and young girls safe by:

  • valuing, listening to and respecting them

  • appointing a nominated protection lead for women and young girls, a deputy and a lead trustee/board member for safeguarding

  • adopting  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 checks are made

  • recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance [more information about this is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office: ico.org.uk/for- organisations]

  • sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with women, young girls their families via leaflets, posters, group work and one-to-one discussions

  • making sure that women, young girls 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, 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, women, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.

Contact details

 

Nominated protection lead

Name: Jennifer McCall

Phone/email:beliftednow@gmail.com