Safeguarding Policy Statement

MSGCA Safeguarding Policy Statement

We have a duty of care and are proactively committed to the protection and safety of everyone who enters our building, but particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.  The following has been created to highlight what MSG Community Centre will do to fulfil this duty of care.

The Purpose and scope of this policy statement

  • To protect children and young people who receive MSG Community Centre’s services, either directly or through hirers, from harm. This includes the children of adults who use our services.
  • To provide a framework with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection and adult safeguarding.
  • To set out the standards that we expect our hirers, visitors and contractors to meet.

This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of MSG Community Centre including the board of trustees, paid staff and volunteers.

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children and vulnerable adults in England.

  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Care Act 2014
  • Children Act 1989 and 2004

Supporting documents

This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies, procedures, hirer agreements, guidance and other related documents.

  • Role description for the designated safeguarding lead
  • Dealing with disclosures and concerns about a child, young person or vulnerable adult
  • Recording concerns and information sharing
  • Child protection records retention and storage
  • Code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • Safer recruitment
  • Managing allegations and complaints
  • Hire Agreements
  • Whistleblowing
  • Health and safety
  • Induction, training, supervision and support

We believe that:

  • Children, young people and vulnerable adults should never experience abuse of any kind.
  • We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults, to keep them safe and to practice in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take all, 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 children, young people and vulnerable adults are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues;
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, vulnerable adults, their carers and other agencies is essential in promoting good welfare.

We will seek to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe by:

  • appointing a nominated safeguarding lead,
  • adopting safeguarding best practice through our policies,
    procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • 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,
  • making sure that children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern
  • using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, vulnerable adults, families and carers appropriately
  • using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
  • ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
  • ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, vulnerable adults, 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, children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.

Nominated Safeguarding Lead – Sue Camidge, e: msgcommunitycentre@gmail.com.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.  This policy was last reviewed on 22 March 2021.

 

Maria Darling, Trustee & Secretary, 22 March 2021