This policy will enable YOUTH EDUCARE (YE) to demonstrate its commitment to keeping safe the adults including vulnerable with whom it works alongside. YE acknowledge its duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse.
It is important to have the policy and procedures in place so that staff, volunteers, service users and carers, and management committee can work to prevent abuse and know what to do in the event of abuse.
The Policy Statement and Procedures have been drawn up in order to enable YE to:
The Policy and Procedures is based on the following principles:
The Policy and Procedures also relate to the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. Vulnerable adults are defined as:
(No Secrets, Department of Health, 2000)
The policy applies to all staff, including senior managers, management committee members, trustees, paid staff, volunteers, tutors, mentors, students, suppliers, funders and anyone working on behalf of Youth Educare.
This policy has been established for all the above mentioned individuals related to YE to keep safe within and outside the institution from
In order to implement the policy the YE will work:
The Designated Named Person for Safeguarding Adults in Farhana Mahmud, Director, YOUTH EDUCARE.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the LONDON MULTIAGENCY ADULT SAFEGUARDING POLICY & PROCEDURES documents which are available at:
Youth Educare provides education and training services to adults. These procedures have been designed to ensure the welfare and protection of any adult who accesses services provided by YE. The procedures recognise that adult abuse can be a difficult subject for workers to deal with. YE is committed to the belief that the protection of vulnerable adults from harm and abuse is everybody’s responsibility and the aim of these procedures is to ensure that all managers, trustees of the organisation, management committee members, staff and volunteers act appropriately in response to any concern around adult abuse.
Youth Educare is committed to putting in place safeguards and measures to reduce the likelihood of abuse taking place within the services it offers and that all those involved within YE will be treated with respect.
Therefore this policy needs to be read in conjunction with the following policies:
YE is committed to safer recruitment policies and practices for paid staff, and volunteers. This may include DBS check for staffs including management committee members and volunteers, ensuring references are taken up and adequate training on Safeguarding Adults is provided for staffs and volunteers.
Managing Directors and trustees will be required to provide two references and where appropriate have a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure.
The organisation will work within the current legal framework for reporting staffs or volunteers that are abusers.
Service users will be encouraged to become involved with the running of the organisation. Information will be available about abuse and the complaints policy and Safeguarding Adults policy statement will be available to service users and their carers/families.
Youth Educare is committed to ensuring that all staffs, the management, volunteers undertake training to gain a basic awareness of signs and symptoms of abuse. YE will ensure that the Designated Named Person and other members of staffs/ volunteers have access to training around Safeguarding Adults.
“Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons” (No Secrets: Department of Health, 2000)
· physical abuse: including hitting, slapping, punching, burning, misuse of medication, inappropriate restraint · sexual abuse: including rape, indecent assault, inappropriate touching, exposure to pornographic material · psychological or emotional abuse: including belittling, name calling, threats of harm, intimidation, isolation · financial or material abuse: including stealing, selling assets, fraud, misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits · neglect and acts of omission: including withholding the necessities of life such as medication, food or warmth, ignoring medical or physical care needs · discriminatory abuse: including racist, sexist, that based on a person’s disability and other forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment
Abuse may be carried out deliberately or unknowingly. Abuse may be a single act or repeated acts.
People who behave abusively come from all backgrounds and walks of life. They may be doctors, nurses, social workers, advocates, staff members, volunteers or others in a position of trust. They may also be relatives, friends, neighbours or people who use the same services as the person experiencing abuse.
YE has an appointed individual who is responsible for dealing with any Safeguarding Adults concerns. In their absence, a deputy will be available for workers to consult with. The Designated Named Person(s) for Safeguarding Adults within YE is:
Contact number: 02085537979
Emergency contact number: 07772585191
Should the named people be unavailable then management committee members, trustees, staff or volunteers should contact Safeguarding Adults Board Coordinator of Redbridge Council.
See below for contact details.
Safeguarding Adults Board Coordinator, 020 8708 7333,
Board Manager: email@example.com
Telephone: 020 8708 5282 (Office) 07814883194 (Mobile)
The roles and responsibilities of the named person(s) are:
YE recognize that it has a duty to act on reports, or suspicions of abuse or neglect. It also acknowledges that taking action in cases of adult abuse is never easy.
How to respond if you receive an allegation:
If you witness abuse or abuse has just taken place the priorities will be:
All situations of abuse or alleged abuse will be discussed with the Designated Named Person. If a member of the management committee, a trustee, staff member or volunteer feels unable to raise this concern with the Designated Named Person then concerns can be raised directly with Safeguarding Adults Board Coordinator. The alleged victim will be told that this will happen. This stage is called the alert.
If it is appropriate and there is consent from the individual, or there is a good reason to override consent, such as risk to others, a referral (alert) will be made to Safeguarding Adults Board Coordinator.
If the individual experiencing abuse does not have capacity to consent a referral will be made without that person’s consent, in their best interests.
The Designated Named Person may take advice at the above stage from Safeguarding Adults Board Coordinator and/or the Safeguarding Adults Unit and/or other advice giving organisations such as Police.
Safeguarding Adults Board
Coordinator 020 8708 7333
Available: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm
Ilford police station Police
Address: 270-294 High Rd, London IG1 1GT
Telephone: 020 8478 1123
Mon: 06:00 - 00:00
Sun: 10:00- 16:00
Non-emergency - dial 101 text phone 18001 101
Emergency - always dial 999 text phone 18000
Available: 24 hours
If a person makes an alert, safeguarding team will do the next steps in their own procedures and gives necessary feedback. The Designated Named Person will have an overview of this process so they can explain it to the person concerned and offer all relevant support to the person and process. This could be practical support e.g. providing a venue, or information and reports and emotional support.
Information should be provided to the individual. This could be about other sources of help or information that could enable them to decide what to do about their experience, enable them to recover from their experience and enable them to seek justice.
YE will ensure that any allegations made against members or member of staff will be dealt with swiftly.
Where a member of staff/volunteer is thought to have committed a criminal offence the police will be informed. If a crime has been witnessed the police should be contacted immediately.
The safety of the individual(s) concerned is paramount. A risk assessment must be undertaken immediately to assess the level of risk to all service users posed by the alleged perpetrator. This will include whether it is safe for them to continue in their role or any other role within the service whilst the investigation is undertaken.
The Designated Named Person will liaise with senior management to discuss the best course of action and to ensure that the YE’s disciplinary procedures are coordinated with any other enquiries taking place as part of the ongoing management of the allegation.
YE has a whistle blowing policy and staff are aware of this policy. Staff will be supported to use this policy.
Youth Educare is committed to maintaining confidentiality wherever possible and information around Safeguarding Adults issues should be shared only with those who need to know. For further information, please see YE’s confidentiality policy.
All allegations/concerns should be recorded in Safeguarding reporting Sheet. The information should be factual and not based on opinions, record what the person tells you, what you have seen and witnesses if appropriate.
The information that is recorded will be kept secure and will comply with data protection.
This information will be secured in a locked filing cabinet in the organization. Access to this information will be restricted to the Designated Named Person.
This Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure will be clearly communicated to all staff, including senior managers, management committee members, trustees, paid staff, volunteers, tutors, mentors, students, suppliers, funders and anyone working on behalf of Youth Educare. The Designated Named Person will be responsible for ensuring that this is done.
The Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures will be reviewed annually by YE Management Committee. The Designated Named Person for Safeguarding Adults will be involved in this process and can recommend any changes. The Designated Named Person will also ensure that any changes are clearly communicated to staff, trustees and volunteers. It may be appropriate to involve service users in the review and service users and parents/carers need to be informed of any significant changes.
Education Act 2002 · Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 · Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 · Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who Work with Children and Young People · No Secrets: Guidance on developing and implementing multiagency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse DoH 2000 · London Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures 2013 · Tower Hamlet Safe guarding Policy and Procedures.
The Redbridge Safeguarding Adults Board is a multi-agency partnership, with responsibility to develop the work of all partners in safeguarding adults at risk of abuse who may be vulnerable to abuse or exploitation in Redbridge.
The London Borough of Redbridge is the lead agency in the partnership and is accountable to the Redbridge Health and Wellbeing Board. Partner members report on their work in safeguarding adults to the Board.
The Board meets on a quarterly basis and undertakes the following activities which are developed into an action plan:
The Board has an Independent Chair – John Goldup who is also the Independent Chair for the Redbridge Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
The Board has representation from the key statutory partner agencies that are able to fully participate in the development of effective multi agency policies and procedures. The following organisations are represented on the Board:
The Board ensures that the views of adults at risk are represented through:
This annual report provides a summary of national and local developments and priorities in the safeguarding of adults at risk in Redbridge.
Board Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 020 8708 5282 (Office) 07814883194 (Mobile)