Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Our Commitment

We take child protection and safeguarding seriously at Resilience UnLimited.

What is child protection and safeguarding?

Child protection and safeguarding means protecting children from abuse.

Abuse of a child or young person under the age of 18 is defined as follows.

  • Abuse is a deliberate act of ill-treatment that can harm or is likely to harm a child or young person’s safety, well-being and development. Abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional.
  • Neglect of a child or young person also constitutes abuse and can be defined as failing to provide or secure for a child or young person the basic needs of physical safety and well-being.

If you are in doubt about whether a child is the subject of abuse, see the section below.

How do we safeguard children?

As a charity, our mission is to improve the safety, mental health and well-being of young people and to promote the human rights of children in England and Wales. (see – link to our aims page).

However, we are not a statutory child care organisation – the police, your local authority’s children’s social care services and the NSPCC are the only agencies with statutory powers.

But we ensure all of our staff and volunteers are aware of our responsibility to protect, safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people and any vulnerable adults who we work with in the course of delivering the Resilience Programme.

We have robust safeguarding procedures and practice.

We provide a safe place for young people to engage with us and the services we provide.

Recruitment

  • We employ experienced workers who have a focus on preventing abuse of children and young people.
  • When we recruit staff and volunteers, we follow safer recruitment processes and ensure that safeguarding responsibilities are set out in our induction training.

Training

  • All our staff and volunteers complete mandatory safeguarding induction training, regardless of whether they work directly with children and young people.
  • All staff who work directly with children and young people also receive regular update training.

Procedures

  • We have robust safeguarding procedures, policies and guidance, documented and reviewed regularly for all of our managers, staff and volunteers. These ensure that we are clear what robust action needs to be taken, when.
  • All of our volunteers sign up to a Code of Practice which shapes the way they work with young people. It is based on best safeguarding practice.

If you are worried about a child

If they are at immediate risk of harm call 999 or ring you local safeguarding team – the information can be found on your Council’s website under ‘safeguarding’ ‘children’s services’ or multi agency safeguarding hub’.

Alternatively, for expert advice or information about safeguarding or child protection, please contact: