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Safeguarding Policy

TOPIC OF CANCER SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Effective Date: February 2020

SECTION 1

Introduction

Everyone has a duty to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults. This policy promotes good practice in safeguarding for those using Topic of Cancer (ToC) facilities. ToC will review it annually.

Definitions

Children and young people:
Anyone under the age of 18 years.
Vulnerable Adult:
Anyone over 18 who is:

  • Unable to care for themselves
  • Unable to protect themselves from significant harm or exploitation
  • Or may be in need of community care services

To whom this policy applies

This policy applies to anyone working for or on behalf of ToC whether in a paid, voluntary or commissioned capacity, for example contracted to do a piece of work.

  • It also applies to any individual using the ToC facilities for the purpose of delivering any service to children, young people or vulnerable adults.

SECTION 2

Promoting a safe environment

In order to promote a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults, ToC will:

  • Provide safe facilities and do regular safety assessments.
  • Ensure that employees, councillors and leaders of activities in / on ToC facilities, are aware of the safeguarding expectations.
  • Ensure that the policy for users of ToC facilities includes a requirement that they are safe to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. (eg, any adults who have regular unsupervised contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults during the course of their duties should undergo appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service checks.)
  • Ensure that attendees at functions, eg Fireworks evening, are aware that parents are responsible for their children’s safety and the location of a dedicated safe place for lost children is clear.
  • Display on notice boards the relevant safeguarding contacts for advice and help.

Use of facilities by groups for use with children, young people or vulnerable adults

ToC will require the leaders to:

  • Have public liability insurance.
  • Have a suitable safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adult policy and/or agree to work to ToC’s policy and relevant guidance.
  • Ensure leaders make their members aware of the ToC Policy and ensure that it is followed whilst using ToC facilities.
  • Ensure leaders have valid enhanced DBS checks as appropriate and know where the first aid box is.
  • Do risk assessments for individual activities.

SECTION 3

Safe working practice

All users of ToC Facilities must follow the safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adult’s policy and procedures at all times. For example they should:

  • Never leave children, young people or vulnerable adults unattended with adults who have not been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Plan activities to involve more than one person being present or at least in sight or hearing of others. Alternatively, record, or inform others of their whereabouts and intended action.
  • Where possible, have male and female leaders working with a mixed group.
  • Ensure registers are complete and attendees are marked in and signed out (under 8’s must be collected by a parent/carer).
  • Ensure that photos or videos of individuals are not taken without written permission from parents/carers.
  • Ensure they have access to a first aid kit and telephone and know fire procedures. Ensure that where a child, young person or vulnerable adult needs assistance with toilet trips and when first aid is required, that this is carried out in pairs or in the latter case, that it is carried out where they can be seen.
  • When working outside, ensure activities, breaks and clothing are suitable for the weather conditions and that shelter is available where possible.

Expectations of behaviour

All users of ToC Facilities should:

  • Ensure that communications, behaviour and interaction with users should be appropriate and professional.
  • Treat each other with respect and show consideration for other groups using the facilities.
  • Refrain from any behaviour that involves racism, sexism and bullying and in addition to report any instances of such behaviour to group leaders or Trustees, as appropriate.

SECTION 4

Allegations against staff and volunteers

  • All staff and volunteers should take care not to place themselves in a vulnerable position with a child or vulnerable adult.
  • If an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer, the person receiving the allegation will immediately inform the Chair of the Trustees
  • ToC should follow guidelines set down by the Charity Commission.

Whistleblowing

All staff and volunteers should be aware of their duty to raise concerns about the attitude or actions of colleagues and appropriate advice will be sought from the Charity Commission

What should be a cause for concern

Staff and volunteers should be concerned by any action or inaction, which significantly harms the physical and/or emotional development of a child or vulnerable adult. Abuse falls into four main categories and can include child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation:

  1. Physical Abuse
  2. Emotional Abuse
  3. Sexual Abuse
  4. Neglect

Topic of Cancer is a registered charity in England and Wales, registered no. 1151079.

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Sir Paul Beresford MP | Michael Buerk | Michael Elwyn | Yvonne Hall | Martin O'Donnell | Glyn Powell-Evans | Colin Roy | Alison Steadman OBE
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