Safeguarding policy

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable 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 vulnerable 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, race, religious belief, 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 vulnerable 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.

What is abuse?

The abuse that this policy refers to is applicable to all vulnerable 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 attention.
  • sexual abuse where exploitation occurs. This includes rape, incest and all forms of sexual activities including pornography.
  • neglect, where basic needs such as food, warmth and medical care are not met, or where there is a failure to protect a child from exposure to any kind of danger, resulting in serious impairment of a vulnerable person’s health or development.
  • exchanging of benefits, for example goods, food and money in exchange for sexual favours.
  • bullying or discriminatory abuse, which could include physical or verbal intimidation, including hateful remarks based on age, disability, gender, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or identify; emotional intimidation for example excluding or isolating someone.

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 the project are provided with 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 a vulnerable 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 a vulnerable 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. Reviewing and monitoring safeguarding risk throughout each project.

Reporting and responding to concerns. Reporting safeguarding concerns to a member of the senior management team when abuse is observed or suspected, an allegation of abuse is made or a child or vulnerable adult discloses abuse.