Safeguarding Policy & Procedure

SAFEGUARDING POLICY AND PROCEDURE

Creatovators Safeguarding Policy

Creatovators believes that it is always unacceptable for a child, young person, or vulnerable adult to experience abuse of any kind, and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults, by a commitment to practice which protects them.

 

We recognise that:

  • The welfare of the child/young person/vulnerable adult is paramount.
  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

Purpose of the Policy

  • To provide protection for the children, young people and vulnerable adults who come to Creatovators’ activities, including the children of adult members of users.
  • To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing or be at risk of harm.
  • This policy applies to all staff, including the board of directors, paid staff, volunteers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Creatovators.

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

  • Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
  • Adopting vulnerable people protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made.
  • Sharing information about vulnerable people protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers.
  • Sharing information and concerns with agencies, like Social Work, who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

Vulnerable People Protection Procedure

  • The purpose and aim of the procedure is to ensure the safety and protection of the vulnerable people, their parents/carers, the employed staff and volunteers of Creatovators from abuse and false allegations of abuse.
  • Abuse includes: physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect and bullying.

HOW TO RECOGNISE SIGNS OF ABUSE.

  • Care must be taken due to the developmental and communication differences of people on the autistic spectrum. Take into account a someone’s medical and social history, developmental stage and any explanations given.

Physical abuse signs:

  • Unexplained bruising/injuries or those inconsistent with explanations may be indicators. These injuries are more likely to be on soft parts of the body.

Emotional abuse signs:

  • Sudden unexplained changes in behaviour. A child is behaving differently from their usual emotional behaviour in an adverse way e.g. fear of an adult, upset more often or more quickly, self-harming.

Sexual abuse signs:

  • Stomach pains, discomfort when walking or sitting, sudden unexplained changes in behaviour, fear of being left with a certain person or people, nightmares, running away, sexual knowledge beyond their years, sexual drawings, self-harming, saying they have secrets they can’t tell, not allowed to have friends, acting in a sexually explicit way particularly with adults, pregnancy.

Neglect:

  • The person is always hungry and underweight, always dirty, inappropriately clothed, often tired and may say they are being left alone or unsupervised.

Bullying signs:

  • Depression, isolation, threatened or attempted suicide, increased violence, cuts and bruises, torn clothes, asking for possessions to be replaced, losing money, being moody/bad tempered, wanting to stay at home, not doing so well generally, sleep problems, anxious, withdrawn, more aggressive with brothers and sisters.
  • For all types of abuse the person may tell you.

RESPONDING TO SIGNS OR SUSPICIONS OF ABUSE

  • Don’t overreact. Don’t make a judgement call. Don’t investigate or ask leading questions.
  • Do find the Safeguarding Officer, Moira Shaw or person in charge and ask the person to repeat what they said and make sure you heard them correctly.

RESPONDING TO ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE

  • Against a Member of Staff, Other Worker or Volunteer:
    • Tell the Safeguarding Officer, Moira Shaw 07753 946625, or a director if the allegation is against Moira, June Grindley 07981 656184.

RECORDING INFORMATION

  • Confidentiality policy: it is safe to share the information if someone is worried about the safety of a person. Only those directly involved need to know, i.e. the person, any person accused, any confidant and the Safeguarding Officer, Moira Shaw, or June Grindley if necessary.
  • The information will be noted in an incident book.
  • The Safeguarding Officer, Moira Shaw, or June Grindley will inform the relevant authorities.

VULNERABLE PERSON PROTECTION PLAN

  • Parents and carers have full responsibility for their children during any sessions or events organised by Creatovators when they are present.
  • Where possible more than 1 adult employee, worker or volunteer will be present with a vulnerable person at any given time during any of the sessions.
  • All adult employees, workers or volunteers who work with vulnerable people will be disclosure checked.
  • During lone working sessions, either the door will be kept open or a room will be used where everything can be heard easily.