All voluntary, community and faith organisations need to understand their roles and responsibilities (alongside those of other organisations and services) in relation to keeping adults with care and support needs safe from harm.

There is a range of help and support available for voluntary and community organisations from Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, including one-to-one support. Just contact:

  • Stephen Dodd (YOW co-ordinator) - 01902 328985 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Sharon Nanan-Sen (Voluntary and Community Sector Support Worker) - 01902 328982 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please ask for any help you need - no question is a daft question and we are used to working with organisations at all levels of awareness in relation to safeguarding.

All organisations need to have the following elements to fulfil their basic Safeguarding Adults responsibilities:

 1. Write and agree a Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures that works for your organisation and the adults you support. Discuss this at a meeting of your management committee or board of directors – Make sure that all management committee members / directors / trustees are aware of the policy, have discussed it, had time to comment on it and understand their responsibilities.

The safeguarding procedures need to make it clear to everyone in the organisation / group:

  • how they can recognise abuse
  • how they should respond to allegations or concerns about abuse
  • how they should record concerns and make appropriate referrals
  • how they can help to create a safe environment in their work with vulnerable adults
  • what behaviour towards children is acceptable and unacceptable in their role as volunteer or employee
  • how they should behave in a range of everyday situations

2. Appoint a Named Safeguarding Lead and an alternative in case the Named person cannot be contacted (e.g. on holiday) or is alleged to have been involved

3. Publicise the name and role of the Named Safeguarding Lead

4. Put Safer Recruitment procedures in place for recruiting volunteers and employees

5. Raise awareness of the policy and procedures with volunteers and employees, and management committee members / trustees

6. Create a code of conduct for volunteers and employees

7. Provide safeguarding training to help employees and volunteers understand what it means for them and their work with children

8. Make sure all volunteers and employees are aware of how to make Safeguarding Alerts to the Council's Adult Safeguarding Service

9. Understand and publicise your role in managing allegations against employees and volunteers. Click here to view managing allegations against employees and volunteers page

10. Make sure you have safe and secure ways of storing and sharing personal information – data protection

11. Make sure that a risk assessment is carried out on all activities

12. Create or review other policies that you will need to make your Safeguarding Children Policy work:

  • Need to make sure you have an equality and diversity policy in place
  • Create a Whistle Blowing Policy or add to 6.7
  • Create a Confidentiality Policy or add to 6.8

13. Set a review date

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