Hope Nottingham Trustees’ Safeguarding Statement
We believe every person is made in the image of God. Our intention is that anyone involved with Hope Nottingham, whether providing or receiving help, is able to do so in a safe environment.
We recognise our responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care, especially children, young people and adults with care and support needs, and we are committed to ensuring their wellbeing.
Hope Nottingham (this includes any person engaged by Hope Nottingham) will therefore carry out all activities in line with the following principle
- We will work to help prevent any physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect of children and young people, and will report any such abuse we discover or suspect.
- We will work to help prevent any physical, sexual, psychological, financial or discriminatory abuse or neglect of adults with care and support needs and will report any such abuse we discover or suspect.
- We recognise the personal dignity and rights of adults with care and support needs, and will ensure all our activity and conduct reflects this.
- We will treat all guests with respect, listen to them and protect them from all forms of abuse. We value them and want them to tell us if they are suffering harm.
- We will support parents & families and nurture, protect and safeguard children & young people.
- We will make every aspect of Hope Nottingham available to all adults unless they pose an unmanageable risk to the safety of others, and we aim to manage access wherever possible.
- We will exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and adults with care and support needs.
- We will carry out DBS checks and take personal references where appropriate. We will work with ex-offenders wishing to take part in activities, aiming to provide suitable supervision to enable as full participation as reasonable without putting other people at unmanageable risk.
The Trustees will:
- comply with the requirements of all UK legislation and follow good practice guidance in relation to safeguarding children and adults with care and support needs;
- adopt and follow the ‘Safe and Secure’ safeguarding standards developed by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service;
- develop and adhere to agreed procedures for safeguarding, keep up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding, and follow relevant guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults in need of protection;
- appoint Safeguarding Co-ordinators and support them in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children/adults with care and support needs;
- support, resource, train, monitor and provide supervision to all those who undertake this work;
- support anyone connected with Hope Nottingham who is affected by abuse;
- recognise Children’s Social Care Teams lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child, and Adult Social Care Teams lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult with care and support needs, and cooperate fully with their work;
- contact the Police as a matter of urgency where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed, and cooperate fully with them;
- review this statement, our policy and procedures, and any relevant records at least annually.
A copy of the full policy and procedures is available from Hope House.