Safeguarding policy

What is safeguarding? 

Safeguarding relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and at risk adults and protect them from harm. 

What is NPC’s role? 

NPC is committed to enhancing the impact of the third sector to greater benefit beneficiaries.  Much of this work involves working directly with organisations to help them use their resources more effectively and can include interaction with at risk people.  NPC recognises that: 

  • The welfare of NPC’s direct and indirect beneficiaries is paramount. 
  • Everybody should be kept safe from harm regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, economic status, sexual orientation or identity        
  • Some people will require heightened protection due to their age, level of dependency, the impact of previous experiences, or other issues        

Who are at risk people? 

In the context of this policy this refers to: 

  • Children and young people under the age of 18 years old        
  • Elderly adults        
  • Adults with mental health issues, a physical disability, and/or learning difficulties      
  • Adults who are frail, have care needs or are struggling with addiction issues    

 What is abuse? 

The abuse that this policy refers to is applicable to all at risk people and is, or may extend beyond:        

  • Physical abuse or physical injury, such as evidence of hitting, kicking or shaking, where there is definite knowledge or reasonable suspicion that the injury was inflicted or knowingly not prevented        
  • Emotional abuse where harm is done by persistent or severe emotional ill treatment or rejection, such as degrading punishments, threats and not giving care and affection        
  • Sexual abuse where exploitation occurs. This includes rape, incest and all forms of sexual activities including pornography
  • Neglect and negligent treatment, where basic needs such as food, warmth and medical care are not met, or when there is a failure to protect a child from exposure to any kind of danger, resulting in serious impairment of an ‘at risk’ person’s health or development        
  • Exchanging of benefits, for example goods, food and money in exchange for sexual favours        
  • Bullying and cyberbullying or discriminatory abuse, which could include physical or verbal intimidation, including hateful remarks based on age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, economic status,  sexual orientation or identity; emotional intimidation; for example, excluding or isolating someone   
  • Radicalisation, where the aim is to inspire new recruits, embed extreme views and persuade ‘at risk’ individuals to the legitimacy of a cause. This may be through a direct relationship, or through social media       

What is NPC’s approach to safeguarding? 

Risk assessment and code of conduct.  Safeguarding risks are assessed at the start of each project.  When appropriate, team members involved in the project are given a safeguarding briefing and asked to sign a safeguarding code of conduct.  DBS checks are obtained for all staff involved in high risk projects. 

Communications.  All communications with or regarding an at risk person, including those online such as via social media services, are conducted in a safe manner by: 

  • taking care to ensure the privacy of the beneficiary. 
  • never taking photos of an at risk person while they are in changing or bathing areas, and never publishing other photos without their consent. 
  • managing and preventing risks associated with social media use such as cyberbullying, grooming, identity theft, and exposure to inappropriate content. 

Monitoring. Safeguarding risk is reviewed and monitored throughout each project. 

Reporting and responding to concerns. Safeguarding concerns are reported to NPC’s safeguarding lead (the COO) when abuse is observed or suspected, an allegation of abuse is made or a child or at risk adult discloses abuse. The safeguarding lead will go on to take appropriate action.  

If you would like to report a safeguarding concern please get in touch with NPC’s safeguarding lead – the COO. Find their email on our website’s team page