Safeguarding: Children & Vulnerable adults.
Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines: Working with Children and Vulnerable adults
It is important that we give people a greater understanding of the vital part honeybees play in the environment. South Staffordshire Bee Keepers Association (SSBKA) wants to encourage children and vulnerable adults to enjoy involvement with the life of honeybees.
To support this approach, the elected Committee of the SSBKA, acting as Trustees of the Association, commits to safeguarding and child protection through this policy, noting that the primary responsibility for a child’s supervision and safety must lie with a parent or guardian, or designated responsible adult.
The policy is intended to inform members to enable the necessary protection of children and vulnerable adults from all types of abuse, whether perpetrated face-to-face or online.
All members of the Association must comply with the Policy, as a condition of membership:
• in centrally organised Association events
• when operating as independent individuals in beekeeping.
Definitions within the context of this policy of the terms:
• Children: all young people under the age of 18
• Vulnerable adults: people aged 18 or over who have:
- a learning or physical disability,
- a physical or mental illness, or reduced physical or mental capacity, of various kinds, that might affect any of us, either long term or transitory, e.g. from anaphylaxis due to a sting
• Abuse: examples of abuse include physical, sexual, emotional and psychological, financial, bullying, discrimination and harassment related to gender, age, disability, racism, or other factors.
- To protect children and vulnerable adults.
- To define actions, responsibilities, and procedures for members.
- To respond swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse
- To ensure that information is passed confidentially and as rapidly as possible to the SSBKA Safeguarding Officer or appropriate external agencies.
- Protecting both the individual child, vulnerable adult and the SSBKA member.
- The Police Act 1997
- The Criminal Justice Act 2000
- The safeguarding and Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
Monitoring and review
The Committee of the Association will monitor the implementation and effectiveness of this policy annually at its meeting prior to the AGM, and take action as necessary.
Guidelines on Actions, Responsibilities and Procedures
- Report any evidence or reasonable suspicion of abuse, whether by an adult or another child, to the SSBKA Safeguarding Officer (?), the Local Authority Safeguarding Board, or the police, as below.
- Treat everyone with respect, ensuring your behaviour, language, gestures, etc. are appropriate and above reproach.
- Never abuse any child or vulnerable adult, verbally, physically or by any other means
- Avoid being alone with a child (apart from own child).
- Avoid physical contact with any child (apart from your own child) or vulnerable adult, except when necessary to ensure physical safety. Seek the express permission of parent, guardian, or carer, unless dealing with an unforeseen emergency.
- Take photographs of children or film them only with the consent of parent or guardian.
- Treat information about children and vulnerable adults, e.g. names and addresses, in strictest confidence.
- If someone is at immediate risk of harm, dial 999 or 112
To report a concern or get advice:
Staffordshire County Council About Adults About Children
Out of hours for all areas 0300
NSPCC helpline 0808 800 5000
SSBKA Safeguarding Officer
Further definitions of responsibilities and procedures:
- For children who are Student Members of the Association, the primary responsibility for a child’s supervision and safety lies with a parent or guardian, including when the child attends any of the Association’s centrally organised events or activities.
- SSBKA will appoint individuals with the appropriate experience and skills to provide a safe and positive experience for children and vulnerable adults with who it is working.
- Enhanced DBS clearance will be required of all members working on behalf of the SSBKA BEFORE they lead any training sessions involving Children and vulnerable adults.
- A parent / designated responsible adult should accompany visiting children or vulnerable adults who are not members, e.g. parent, teacher, carer or other group leader. Primary responsibility for them lies with that person. Make sure that these adults understand their responsibilities.
The Safeguarding Officer’s role is to:
- Receive any allegations of abuse
- Pass those allegations rapidly to the Local Authority Safeguarding Team, or in an emergency to the police
- Maintain confidentiality
- Give general or specific advice as possible and appropriate.
- Maintain level of training with regards Safeguarding using the Adult Safeguarding Board website and resources.
Use of Information relating to children
Information about children, e.g. names and addresses, must be treated in strictest confidence.
It must be kept securely by a responsible adult, used only for the purpose required, and retained only as long as necessary.
Names of children, but no further details, maybe published in the Association members book only if the consent of parents or guardians has been given. Any information that can allow children to be identified must not accompany photographs of them in promotion or display materials.
Suitability for working with children
A detailed plan for any activity involving children or vulnerable adults should be agreed with the SSBKA Safeguarding Officer, with appropriate safeguards stated. DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks and clearance will be required for those involved, if appropriate.
Dealing with allegations of abuse
What you must do in all cases:
- Do not question the child or vulnerable adult.
- If asked to keep the information confidential, explain that you must pass on what you have been told to the relevant authority.
- Act in a calm manner and as quickly as possible without causing any further distress to the child or vulnerable adult.
- Contact the SSBKA Safeguarding Officer, the Local Authority Safeguarding Team, or the police, as appropriate.
- Make verbatim written notes as soon as practicable.
- Keep any details strictly confidential.
Creation Date : June 2018.
Policy in operation from June 2018, with acknowledgements to Beds BKA