Siddington Trust Ltd Safeguarding Policy and Procedures Statement

  1. DEFINITIONS

For the purposes of this Statement, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

1.1 “Children and Young Persons” means persons under the age of 18 years.
1.2 “Vulnerable Adults” means persons aged 18 and over who are EITHER receiving or may need community care services because of learning, physical or mental disability or illness OR are unable to take care of themselves or are unable to protect themselves from abuse.
1.3 “Abuse” means:
Physical abuse including hitting, slapping, punching, burning, misuse of medication and inappropriate restraint.
Sexual abuse including rape, indecent assault, inappropriate touching and exposure to pornographic material.
Psychological or emotional abuse including belittling, name calling, threat of harm and isolation.
Financial or material abuse including stealing, selling assets, fraud, misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.
Neglect and omissions /failure to act including withholding of the necessities of life such as medication, food or warmth, ignoring medical or physical or mental health needs.
Discriminatory abuse including of a racist or sexist nature or based on a person’s disability and other forms of harassment, slurs or other disrespectful treatment.
Institutional or organisational abuse including regimented routines and cultures, unsafe practices, lack of person-centred care or treatment.
1.4 Abuse may consist of one or more incidents and may happen as a result of either a deliberate or negligent act or omission.
1.5 “Safeguarding” means:
The action that is taken to promote the wellbeing and safety of Children and Young Persons and Vulnerable Adults and to protect them from abuse and action that is taken in response to an incident of abuse or suspected abuse.
1.6 “ Trustees” means the Trustees for the time being of Siddington Trust Limited.
1.7 “ Trustees, staff and volunteers” means any Trustees, staff or volunteers of Siddington Trust Limited who will or may come into contact with any Children or Young Persons or Vulnerable Adults in the course of STL activities or while on any premises under its ownership or control.

  1. SIDDINGTON TRUST LIMITED

2.1 Siddington Trust Limited (STL) is a Registered Charity which owns Thornycroft Hall Pexhill Road Macclesfield. Thornycroft Hall is a Centre with residential facilities where the Trustees hold conferences and other activities which provide people with opportunities for their human, cultural and spiritual development.

  1. PREVENTING ABUSE.

3.1 STL respects and values the personal dignity and rights of all persons and recognises that it has a special responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of Children and Young Persons and Vulnerable Adults while they are engaged in any of its services or activities or while visiting any premises under its ownership or control. Accordingly, it is the policy of STL to implement such practices as maybe necessary to provide a safe environment for all such Children and Young Persons and Vulnerable Adults and to keep them safe from abuse. Additionally, STL acknowledges its duty to take such action as maybe appropriate in response to any allegation, report or reasonable suspicion of abuse.
3.2 STL is committed to implementing recruitment and other working policies and practices for Trustees, staff and volunteers which serve to provide a safe environment for Children and Young Persons and Vulnerable Adults. To this end STL shall:
Require Trustees, staff and volunteers to provide such character references as they consider appropriate,
Carry out Standard checks on Trustees, staff, and volunteers with the Disclosure and Barring Service,
Work within the current legal framework for reporting incidents of abuse or suspected abuse,
Ensure that the Trustees , staff and volunteers have knowledge of this Statement and any other written Practice/Procedure Statements or Instructions which it may from time to time issue in connection with its Safeguarding duties and shall require them to undergo any training it may designate in order to provide them with a basic awareness of the signs and symptoms of abuse

  1. DESIGNATED NAMED PERSON (DNP) FOR SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS AND VULNERABLE ADULTS

4.1 STL has a DNP who is responsible for dealing with any Safeguarding of Children and Young Persons and Vulnerable Adult concerns including making a referral of an incident of abuse or suspected abuse to the Cheshire East Local Authority Children/Adult Social Care Direct Team. Any Trustee, staff member or volunteer who becomes aware of an incident of abuse or suspected abuse shall report it as soon as possible to the DNP. In the absence of the DNP, the report shall be made to a Deputy appointed by the DNP.
4.2 Name of DNP: Michael Concannon
Mobile number: 07786 360062
4.3 Name of Deputy: Martin Poole
Mobile number: 07816 084335
4.4 Should both the DNP and their Deputy be uncontactable then the Trustee, staff member or volunteer concerned shall make a referral of the incident direct to the Children or Adult Social Care Direct Team (see Appendix 2).
4.5 The role and responsibilities of the DNP are to:
ensure that Trustees, staff and volunteers are aware of their Safeguarding duties in the event of becoming aware of an incident of abuse or suspected abuse. (Guidance Notes on appropriate interaction with a victim of abuse or upon witnessing an incident of abuse are set out in Appendix 1),
ensure that the incident of abuse or suspected abuse is acted on promptly , is recorded in a manner which safeguards its confidentiality and is referred to the Cheshire East Local Authority Adult/Child Social Care Direct team. (Contact telephone numbers to report an incident of abuse or suspected abuse to the appropriate Social Care Direct Team are set out in Appendix 2),
follow up any referral and ensure all issues have been addressed,
consider any recommendations for the improvement of the Safeguarding process,
ensure that Trustees, staff and volunteers adhere to good practice with regard to confidentiality and security,
ensure that any Trustees, staff or volunteers who have worked with any person who has experienced abuse is appropriately supported and supervised,
work with other agencies within the East Cheshire Safeguarding Adults Board Policy and Procedures, issued under No Secrets Guidance (Dept of Health 2000),
at the discretion of the DNP, pass information to another Agency without the consent of the Child/Young Person/ Vulnerable Adult concerned if he/she is in danger, at risk or has been the victim of a crime.

APPENDICES

APPENDIX 1

General guidance on appropriate interaction with a complainant of abuse:
reassure the complainant,
listen carefully to what they are saying,
record what you have been told/witnessed as soon as possible,
remain calm and do not show shock or disbelief,
tell the complainant that their complaint will be treated seriously,
do not start to investigate or ask detailed or probing questions,
do not promise to keep it a secret.
In the event of either personally witnessing an incident of abuse or being aware that an incident has just taken place:
call an ambulance if required
call the Police if a crime appears to have been committed
preserve any evidence make a secure written record of the incident as soon as possible and hand it to the DNP

APPENDIX 2

Referring an incident of abuse to the Cheshire East Local Authority Children/Adult Social Care Direct Team:
A referral of an incident involving a Child or Young Person shall be made to the Child Care Social Care Direct:
a) Between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and between 8.30am and 4.30pm on Fridays, Tel 0300 123 5012.
b) Evenings and weekends contact the Out of Hours Emergency Duty Social Work team: Tel 0300 123 5022.
2. A referral of an incident involving a Vulnerable shall be made to the Adult Social Care Direct:
a) Between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and between 8.30am and 4.30pm Fridays Tel 0300 123 5010.
b) Evenings and weekends contact the Out of Hours Emergency Duty Social Work team Tel 0300 123 5022.

All telephone calls must be followed up by email to the Child/Adult Social Care Direct team outlining the concerns using a Safeguarding Multi-Agency Alert Form at:

GC-CHECS@cheshireeast.gcsx.gov.uk

Ensure that receipt of email is acknowledged after sending.
If the incident of abuse or suspected abuse involves a criminal act, contact Cheshire East Police on Tel 999 in emergencies or Tel 101 for non-emergencies.

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