Yorkshire Children’s Centre is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk and believe it is everyone’s responsibility to identify and report abuse.
There are policies in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers act appropriately to prevent abuse and respond to any concerns.
Key Commitments to Safeguarding Children & Adults At Risk
- Identified Safeguarding Champions within the organisation who are responsible for dealing with any concerns about the safeguarding of children and adults at risk.
- Staff and volunteers are carefully selected to ensure they do not pose a risk to children or adults. This includes DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks where appropriate.
- Safeguarding Training is available for all staff and volunteers working at Yorkshire Children’s Centre
- Our Safeguarding Children policy and our Safeguarding Adults At Risk Policy are made available to anyone using Yorkshire Children’s Centre’s services or facilities.
What to do if abuse is suspected?
If you are worried about a child or adult it is important that you report your concerns.
Absolutely everyone who is using the Yorkshire Children’s Centre is responsible for safeguarding children and adults at risk. This includes all staff, volunteers, students, building contractors, catering staff, IT support and service users.
Your first port of call if you suspect any abuse is to log your concern with a member of staff or Project Manager or ask to speak to the Safeguarding Champion. This can be done in person, via the telephone, or via email. You will be expected to provide details of your concerns, your name and contact details so that the Safeguarding Champion can contact you as necessary.
If it is felt that further investigation is required in order to keep a child or adult at risk safe then the Safeguarding Champion will make the relevant referral.
If at any time you are not able to contact a member of Yorkshire Children’s Centre staff please call
For children (under 18) the NSPCC 24 hour helpline for advice 0800 800 5000.
Further information is also available at http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/signs-symptoms-effects/what-if-suspect-abuse/
For adults at risk call Age UK Advice 0800 169 65 65
Further information is also available at http://www.ageuk.org.uk/health-wellbeing/relationships-and-family/protecting-yourself2/
If there are any concerns about the immediate safety of a child or an adult at risk then the police must be contacted on 999 without delay.