Our Safeguarding policies and procedures ensure that robust systems are in place and set out the framework within which all employees and volunteers of the organisation are required to work to keep children, young people and adults safe.
Everybody has the right to be safe, no matter who they are or what their circumstances are, and the public expects charities, quite rightly, to be safe and trusted places.
SAFA recognise the importance of:
- providing a safe and trusted environment which safeguards anyone who comes into contact with it including beneficiaries, staff and volunteers.
- setting an organisational culture that prioritises safeguarding, so that it is safe for those affected to come forward and report incidents and concerns with the assurance they will be handled sensitively and properly.
- having adequate safeguarding policies, procedures and measures to protect people.
- providing clarity as to how incidents and allegations will be handled should they arise, including reporting to the relevant authorities, including the Charities Commission..
SAFA also recognises we have a wider responsibility of ensuring:
- trustee duties include avoiding exposing the charity’s assets, beneficiaries or reputation to undue risk - this means taking reasonable steps to protect beneficiaries, employees and volunteers from harm.
- safeguarding goes beyond preventing physical abuse, and includes protecting people from harm generally, including neglect, emotional abuse, exploitation, radicalisation, and the consequences of the misuse of personal data.
- have appropriate policies and procedures in place, which are followed by all trustees, volunteers, and beneficiaries.
- make sure that their trustees, employees, volunteers and beneficiaries know about safeguarding and people protection.
- check that people are suitable to act in their roles.
- know to spot and handle concerns in a full and open manner.
- have a clear system of referring or reporting to relevant organisations as soon as they suspect or identify concerns.
- set out risks and how we will manage these in a risk register, which is regularly reviewed.
- follow statutory guidance, good practice guidance, and legislation.
- are quick to respond to concerns and carry out appropriate investigations.
- do not ignore harm or downplay failures.
- have a balanced trustee board and do not let one trustee dominate its work.
- make sure protecting people from harm is central to our culture.
- have enough resources, including trained staff/volunteers/trustees for safeguarding and protecting people.
- conduct periodic reviews of safeguarding policies, procedures and practice,