Safeguarding

ACROSS Safeguarding Policy

ACROSS believes that the welfare and well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults in our care is of paramount importance. We believe that it is always unacceptable for any persons to experience abuse of any kind and recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults who travel with us, by demonstrating our commitment to practices which protect them.

We recognise that:

  • The welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults who travel with us is paramount.
  • All children, young people and vulnerable adults regardless of age, disability, gender, heritage, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.

The purpose of this Policy

  • To provide protection for children, young people and vulnerable adults (V.I.P's) who receive services and assistance whilst in our care.
  • To provide staff, nurses, doctors, helpers and priests with guidelines on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect someone on the group may be experiencing or be at risk of harm or abuse, as well as providing a framework for all staff, helpers, nurses, doctors and priests who work in support of ACROSS without placing themselves at risk of an accusation of inappropriate conduct.
  • This Policy applies to the Board of Trustees, Senior Managers, paid staff, nurses, doctors, helpers, priests or anyone working on behalf of ACROSS.

We will seek to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults (V.I.P's) by

  • Valuing V.I.P's, listening to and respecting them.
  • Ensuring that our Board of Trustees, Senior Managers, paid staff, nurses, doctors, helpers and priests understand and abide by this Policy and all associated safe-guarding guidelines and codes of practice.
  • Recruiting staff and helpers safely ensuring all necessary checks are conducted.
  • Sharing information about protection and good practice regarding children, young people and vulnerable adults with the Board of Trustees, Senior Managers, paid staff, nurses, doctors, helpers and priests.
  • Sharing information about concerns with the relevant agencies and authorities who need to know.
  • Providing effective management for Trustees, staff and volunteer helpers through supervised support and training.
  • Being committed to reviewing and revising our policy and good practice regularly.
  • Providing an example of good conduct that we want others to follow.
  • Ensuring the our V.I.P's rights of personal privacy are respected.
  • Being available as a listening ear and if necessary refer for more appropriate help.
  • Remembering that our actions may be interpreted differently from our intentions, and therefore adjusting our actions accordingly.
  • Being aware that even caring physical contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults may be misinterpreted.
  • Showing understanding when dealing with sensitive issues.
  • Seeking advice in any situation where we feel unsure.


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