ORMS’ Safeguarding Policy
This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the Board of Directors, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Outreach Rescue Medic Skills Ltd (ORMS).
The purpose of this policy is:
- to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults who receive ORMS’ services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;
- to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.
ORMS believes that a child, young person or vulnerable adult should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
- Children Act 1989
- United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Children Act 2004
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
- all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
- some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
- sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
Dealing with allegations
If you have any concerns about a student, or if through conversation or other contact with child, young person or vulnerable adult, you have reason to suspect physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect, you should do the following:
- Listen to what the person says. Be comforting and sympathetic. Ensure that the person feels as little responsibility as possible.
- It is particularly important not to make any suggestion to the person regarding how the incident may have happened, therefore do not question the person, except to clarify what he/she is saying.
- Listen, clarify, but don’t interrogate.
- Write down exactly what the person says, what actions concern you and what you have said in response. Sign and date it.
- Do not make assumptions about what the allegations might concern. If a member of staff is involved, appropriate steps must be taken to ensure the safety of the person and any others who might be affected.
- Inform the Safeguarding Lead, Tim Roberts of your suspicions so that, if deemed appropriate, they can contact the relevant authority(ies).
Designated Safeguarding Lead
ORMS’ Designated Safeguarding Lead is Tim Roberts