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Safeguarding

All organisations and groups, whether large or small, have a responsibility to safeguarding people. Safeguarding means keeping people safe from abuse or neglect and we can do that in various ways.

Recruitment Practices

All groups and organisations should be following good practice in recruiting volunteers and staff to positions where they will come into contact with children or vulnerable adults.  This includes good role descriptions, matching individuals to roles and doing appropriate checks like reference and criminal record checks.

Support

All volunteers and employees should have appropriate support to ensure any problems are picked up at an early stage as well as being an avenue for specific concerns to be raised.

Training 

Safeguarding adults and children is about recognising abuse and harm and knowing what to do if someone discloses an issue.  It’s therefore important to ensure everyone has the appropriate level of training relevant to their role.

Safeguarding Policy 

Your policy should help you ensure that procedures are in place to deal with safeguarding issues and this should include volunteers.  Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility so clear guidance around processes and who to contact is crucial as well as dealing with safeguarding concerns.

How can we help?

Membership Support

Advice and guidance about volunteer recruitment practices and safeguarding policy templates are available to any group or organisation.

Training

We deliver Right Start Safeguarding Adults at Risk courses three times a year.  This course is accredited by the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Adults Safeguarding Board at a Level 2 and is suitable for any volunteer or employee who is in regulated activity or anyone interested in the subject matter.

Consultancy Support

We can assess your safeguarding practices and write your policy following a review of your organisations.  We also deliver in-house Adult and Children Safeguarding courses for volunteers/employees and managers.  These are half day sessions at a cost of £210 all-inclusive for up to 12 learners.

Worried about someone?

If you are worried about an adult or a child, it is important that you report it immediately.

For emergencies and immediate danger call 999 for police assistance

For concerns about an adult in Staffordshire call 0345 604 2719, Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5pm (excluding Bank Holidays) and Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.  Outside of these hours if you have a concern or crisis that requires urgent assistance, call 0345 604 2886.

For concerns about a child in Staffordshire call 0345 131 3126, Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5pm (excluding Bank Holidays) and Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.  Outside of these hours if you have a concern or crisis that requires urgent assistance, call 0345 604 2886.

Resources

Practical guidance and information on developing safeguarding practices and policies for the voluntary sector

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Adults Safeguarding Partnership Board guidance for individuals and professionals

Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board guidance for individuals and professionals

Safeguarding children online self-assessment checklist

Action with Rural Communities England (ACRE) guidance for village and community halls in England