Safeguarding Policy

Mothershare Safeguarding Policy

Designated Named Person: Mrs C Maun

Last Reviewed: Feb 2021

Data Protection Officer: Kimberley Shedden

Safeguarding Officer: Nikki Moore

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Policy Statement

This policy will enable Mothershare to demonstrate its commitment to keeping safe the adults at risk with whom it works alongside. Mothershare acknowledges its duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse.

Mothershare is a Community based Charity operating on a referral basis to supply vulnerable women and families with essentials to care for their babies and toddlers.

It is important to have the policy and procedures in place so that staff, volunteers, service users, and management committee can work to prevent abuse and know what to do in the event of the abuse. This policy applies to all staff, including, management committee members, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff, students and anyone working or volunteering on behalf of Mothershare.

The policy and procedures have been drawn up in order to enable Mothershare to promote good practice and work in a way that can prevent harm, abuse and coercion occurring. We will ensure that any allegations of abuse or suspicions are dealt with appropriately and the person experiencing abuse is supported

The characteristics of adult abuse can take a number of forms and cause adults at risk to suffer pain, fear and distress reaching well beyond the time of the actual incident(s). Adults at risk may be too afraid or embarrassed to raise any complaint. They may be reluctant to discuss their concerns with other people or unsure who to trust or approach with their worries. There may be some situations where the person is unaware that they are being abused or have difficulty in communicating this information to others.

An Adult at risk is defined as:-

An adult at risk means adults who need community care services because of mental or other disability, age or illness, and who are or may be unable to take care of themselves against harm exploitation.

It is acknowledged that significant numbers of adults at risk are abused and it is important that Mothershare has this policy and a set of procedures to follow to prevent abuse.

In order to implement the policy Mothershare will work:

  • to promote the freedom and dignity of the person who has or is experiencing abuse
  • to promote the rights of all people to live free from abuse and coercion
  • to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people who do not have the capacity to decide how they want to respond to abuse that they are experiencing.
  • to manage services in a way which promotes safety and prevents abuse.
  • to recruit staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made.
  • provide effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
  • to ensure that all management committee members, staff, volunteers, service users, and carers/families are familiar with this policy and procedures.
  • with other agencies within the framework of the Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Board Policy and Procedures.
  • to act within the confidentiality policy and will usually gain permission from service users before sharing information about them with another agency, the person in danger could be the person making the disclosure or other adults at risk
  • to inform service users that where a person is in danger, a child is at risk or a crime has been committed then a decision may be taken to pass information to another agency without the service user’s consent
  • to make a referral to the gateway to Care as appropriate
  • to endeavour to keep up to date with national developments relating to preventing abuse and welfare of adults
  • to ensure that the Designated Named Person understands his/her responsibility to refer incidents of adult abuse to the relevant statutory agencies (Police/Adult Social Care)

Kimberley Shedden
Chair/Founder
March 2021

Produced by Voluntary Action Calderdale.  We gratefully acknowledge support from Newcastle Safeguarding Board in producing this policy. VA-C is an Infrastructure Support Organisation providing development support to the voluntary and community sector and the Volunteer Centre for the Borough of Calderdale, West Yorkshire VA-C is a company limited by guarantee registered in England No. 4115234 and registered charity no. 1087518
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