Children’s Safeguarding Policy for Usaveme/Usaveme.com
Usaveme.com abides by the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and is committed to safeguarding practice that reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice requirements.
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Usaveme.com including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff, and students. Failure to comply with the policy and related procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organization.
The Children Act 1989 definition of a child is: anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday, even if they are living independently, is a member of the armed forces, or is in hospital.
Adult at Risk:
Child and Adult Abuse: Children and adults may be vulnerable to neglect and abuse or exploitation from within their family and from individuals they come across in their daily lives. There are 4 main categories of abuse, which are: sexual, physical, emotional abuse, and neglect. It is important to be aware of more specific types of abuse that fall within these categories, they are:
Safeguarding children: Safeguarding children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 as:
Safeguarding as Part of the Deal:
In safeguarding children, Usaveme.com is committed to the principles of the Wigan Borough Deal.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy, and guidance that seeks to protect children in England.
Usaveme.com should have in place arrangements that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people as well as vulnerable adults.
The Prevent duty
Some organizations in England, Scotland, and Wales have a duty, as a specified authority under section 26 of the Counterterrorism and Security Act 2015, to identify vulnerable children and young people and prevent them from being drawn into terrorism. This is known as the Prevent duty. These organizations include:
Children can be exposed to different views and receive information from various sources. Some of these views may be considered radical or extreme.
Radicalization is the process through which a person comes to support or be involved in extremist ideologies. It can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism and is in itself a form of harm.
Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Training and Awareness:
Usaveme.com will ensure an appropriate level of safeguarding training is available to its Trustees, Employees, Volunteers, and any relevant persons linked to the organization who requires it (e.g. contractors).
For all employees who are working or volunteering with children, this requires them as a minimum to have awareness training that enables them to:
Wigan Safeguarding Partnership provides free safeguarding training for community groups from http://wigansafeguardingadults.org/Professionals/Professional-training.aspx
Similarly, employees and volunteers may encounter concerns about the safety and wellbeing of an adult at risk of abuse. For more information about adults’ safeguarding, refer to Usaveme.com Adults Safeguarding Policy.
Confidentiality and Information Sharing:
Usaveme.com expects all employees, volunteers, and trustees to maintain confidentiality. Information will only be shared in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection.
However, information should be shared with the Local Authority if a child is deemed to be at risk of harm or contact the police if they are in immediate danger, or a crime has been committed.
Recording and Record Keeping:
A written record must be kept about any concern regarding an adult with safeguarding needs. This must include details of the person involved, the nature of the concern and the actions taken, decisions made, and why they were made.
All records must be signed and dated. All records must be securely and confidentially stored in line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR
Usaveme.com is committed to safe employment and safe recruitment practices, that reduce the risk of harm to children from people unsuitable to work with them or have contact with them.