Safeguarding policies

Safeguarding is extremely important to the Ri, and we require all staff, trustees and volunteers to share our commitment to safeguarding the children and adults at risk whom we work with.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and anyone who has a concern over the welfare of a child or adult at risk has a duty to report this without delay.

Everyone has the right to protection from abuse regardless of their age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, faith, belief, or any other distinguishing characteristic.

Our safeguarding commitments

We are committed to:

  • Nurturing a culture of safeguarding throughout the Ri, where the wellbeing of the individual child or adult at risk is paramount
  • Providing a safe environment where all individuals are included and treated with respect, regardless of any characteristic, and where poor practices are challenged
  • Working together with the individuals, their families and appropriate external organisations to help achieve the best possible outcomes for those individuals and to protect them from harm
  • Ensuring safer recruitment, selection and vetting practices
  • Providing the appropriate training and supervision for all staff, volunteers and Trustees, proportionate to their role

Where concerns or risks have been identified, we expect all individuals associated with the Ri to adhere to the Ri's policies, procedures and practices, including:

  • Taking all suspicions and/or allegations of abuse, neglect or risk to children or adults at risk seriously and responding swiftly and appropriately
  • Supporting the timely sharing of information with relevant authorities when there are concerns about an individual’s welfare
  • Contributing to effective partnership working between all those involved in providing services for children or adults at risk

Our Trustees have overall responsibility for safeguarding even if certain aspects of the work are delegated to staff.

Definitions used in our safeguarding policies

For the purposes of safeguarding, a child is defined as anyone under the age of 18 years.

Safeguarding duties apply to any adult at risk of harm, often termed 'adult at risk', which is defined as:

  • Someone who has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs);
  • Is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect;
  • And as a result of their care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare and refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.

Our safeguarding policies

Our safeguarding policies and codes of conduct aim to ensure that all trustees, staff and volunteers associated with the Ri:

  • Are clear about how to identify and respond to safeguarding concerns about children or adults at risk, including those that are of a child protection nature
  • Have a clear understanding of the principles and best practice involved in the safeguarding and protection of children and adults at risk
  • Understand the importance of prevention in responding proactively and efficiently to all concerns
  • Understand that if abuse is disclosed, this information cannot remain confidential and that the Ri will report it to the appropriate authority
  • Are aware of the concept of collective responsibility and that no single practitioner can have a full picture of an individual’s needs and circumstances and, if they are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

Our policies and codes of conduct also:

  • Guide staff and volunteers who work with children or adults at risk, or those who are responsible for managing staff/volunteers who come into contact with these groups or individuals, to work safely and responsibly and to monitor their own standards and practice. This includes setting clear expectations of behaviour and/or codes of practice relevant to the activities provided by the Ri and as a result minimising the opportunity for harm, or erroneous or malicious allegations
  • Set clear expectations that all individuals should receive the same level or professionalism and protection from harm regardless of their age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, faith, belief or any other distinguishing characteristic
  • Give a clear message that unlawful or unsafe behaviour is unacceptable and that, where appropriate, disciplinary or legal action will be taken
  • Outline the action which will be taken by the Ri if a safeguarding concern is identified or an allegation or disclosure is made
  • Support safe recruitment practice

You can download our full safeguarding policy for children and safeguarding policy for adults at risk.

Key principles of child safeguarding

The welfare of children is, and must always be, paramount.

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances

Working in partnership with children, their parents/carers, safeguarding partners and other organisations is essential.

Our Safeguarding policy for children is underpinned by the following:

Key principles of adult safeguarding

Six key principles underpin adult safeguarding:

  • Empowerment – Adults with mental capacity should be in control of their own lives
  • Prevention – It is better to take action before harm occurs. This includes promoting awareness and understanding and supporting people to safeguard themselves
  • Proportionality – Proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented
  • Protection – procedures should be in place to support people to safeguard themselves from harm, report concerns and make decisions about their own safety
  • Partnership – Working together to prevent, detect and report incidents of neglect and abuse
  • Accountability – Accountability and transparency in all safeguarding matters, ensuring that staff and partners understand what is expected of them

The Ri recognises that local Adult Social Services teams are the lead agency with regard to adults at risk. We will work collaboratively with other agencies and as guided by statutory agencies to safeguard and achieve positive outcomes for the person at risk of abuse.

The underpinning aim is to keep adults at risk safe based upon a culture of acceptable risk (including a person’s right to make the 'wrong' decision).

Where someone is over 18 but still receiving children’s services, a safeguarding matter should be dealt with as a matter of course by the adult safeguarding team.

Our safeguarding policy for adults at risk is underpinned by the following:

Key contacts

If you have any safeguarding concerns related to Ri activities or individuals associated with the Ri, you should contact the Ri’s safeguarding team without delay.

Any reports will be taken seriously and will be handled following the Ri’s Safeguarding Policies.

Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)

Our DSO is Samantha Durbin
Contact number: 07741 657 952

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer (DDSO)

Our DDSO is Peter Gallivan
Contact number: 07704 515 238

Email

safeguarding@ri.ac.uk
This inbox is usually monitored several times a week during working hours.

If your concern involves the DSO or DDSO, you should contact the Ri's Director of Science and Engagement, Daniel Glaser, via dglaser@ri.ac.uk.

The Ri trustee responsible for safeguarding is Alison Woollard.

This page was last updated on 31 January 2022.