Pilning Village Hall - Safeguarding Children and Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy
Charity Number: 301605
Pilning Village Hall Management Committee (The Committee) provides and maintains facilities at which a variety of activities take place. Whilst these do not include direct services or support for children, young people and vulnerable adults, The Committee recognises that safeguarding those members of society is everyone’s business and that all may become vulnerable at many stages in their lives.
This Committee is committed to ensuring that members of The Committee, its employees and volunteers who may participate in activities run by The Committee have an understanding of Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults including what forms abuse may take and how to raise concerns if abuse is suspected or reported.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults means:
• Protecting them from maltreatment and abuse
• Preventing the impairment of their health or development
• Ensuring they are developing in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
• Taking action to enable them all to have the best life chances
Any Committee run activities with children, young people or vulnerable adults will be run with parents or carers present. Employees, volunteers and Committee members will not be permitted, at any time, to be alone with children.
All Committee employees, volunteers, members and those who participate in activities run by The Committee will be given electronic or paper copies of this Policy and will be made aware of what forms abuse can take and how to report concerns.
This Committee will ensure that all who are arranging events on their behalf are made aware of this policy.
Definition of Vulnerable Adults:
Someone who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself or protect him or herself from harm.
This means that not all adults are vulnerable but some may be vulnerable at times and others will be vulnerable all the time.
Definition of Abuse:
Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons.
• physical abuse e.g. hitting, slapping, punching, burning
• sexual abuse e.g. rape, indecent assault, inappropriate touching
• emotional abuse e.g. belittling, name-calling
• financial or material abuse e.g. stealing, selling assets
• neglect and acts of omission e.g leaving in soiled clothes, failing to feed properly
• discriminatory abuse, including racist, sexist, based on a person’s disability and other forms of harassment
Abuse may be carried out deliberately or unknowingly. Abuse may be a single act or repeated acts.
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If a crime may have been, or is being, committed contact the Police on 101 or 999.
Any concern about a child, young person or vulnerable adult should be reported to the Chairman of The Committee, unless the concern is about the Chairman in which case it should be reported to another Committee member, who will contact the relevant South Gloucestershire Council
Children and Young People:
Contact South Gloucestershire Council’s First Point Team on 01454 866000 or the
Emergency Duty Team: (out of hours and weekends) on 01454 615165
Contact South Gloucestershire Council’s Customer Adult Care Team on 01454 868007.
Where possible, agreement should be obtained from the adult before sharing personal information
with third parties.
If a concern is raised this should be documented and sent through to the Chairman of The Committee,
unless the Chairman is implicated. In such a case the documented concern should be sent through another Committee member.
Managing allegations against staff or volunteers:
Any allegation must legally be fully investigated and The Committee will support its members, employees and volunteers during any such process. Any allegation related to Committee members, employees or volunteers working with children and young people on behalf of The Committee must be reported to the South Gloucestershire Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01454 868924.
Review of This Policy:
This Policy will be monitored through discussion, in meetings of The Committee, of any reported incidents in order to judge its effectiveness and to identify areas for improvement. This Policy will be regularly reviewed to ensure that it continues to reflect the
practices of The Committee.
This Policy will also be reviewed if legislation changes or if monitoring information suggests that the policy or practices should be altered.
This Policy was formally adopted by Pilning Village Hall Management Committee at its Meeting on:
23rd February 2015