Blossome Safeguarding Policy

1) PURPOSE 

1.1 BLOSSOME CIC is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all individuals, especially vulnerable adults, who come into contact with our organisation. This safeguarding policy outlines our commitment to preventing abuse, responding effectively to concerns, and promoting a culture of safety and respect.

2) SCOPE 

2.1This policy applies to all staff, volunteers, trustees, and anyone else working on behalf of Blossome CIC. It is designed to safeguard vulnerable adults who are involved in our activities, programmes, or services.

3) DEFINITIONS

3.1 Vulnerable Adult: Any person aged 18 or over who is, or may be, in need of community care services due to age, illness, disability, or any other circumstance, and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.

3.2 Abuse: Any action or lack of action that intentionally harms or exploits a vulnerable adult, including but not limited to physical, emotional, sexual, financial abuse, neglect, and discrimination.

4) DEFINITIONS OF TYPES OF DISCRIMINATION 

BLOSSOME CIC is committed to the following principles:

4.1 Empowerment: We will support and encourage vulnerable adults to make informed choices and exercise their rights.

4.2 Prevention: We will take steps to prevent abuse and actively work to create a safe environment.

4.3 Proportionality: Our response to safeguarding concerns will be proportionate to the level of risk identified.

4.4 Partnership: We will work in partnership with other organisations and agencies to promote the welfare and safety of vulnerable adults. 

5) RESPONSIBILITIES 

5.1 Board of Trustees: The Board has overall responsibility for the implementation and review of this policy.

5.2 Designated Safeguarding Officer: Kim Moore, Director, will be the designated safeguarding officer responsible for coordinating and overseeing safeguarding procedures.

5.3 Staff and Volunteers: All staff and volunteers have a responsibility to be vigilant, report concerns, and follow safeguarding procedures.

6) TRAINING 

All staff and volunteers will receive appropriate training on safeguarding issues, including recognising signs of abuse, responding to concerns, and maintaining confidentiality.  

7) REPORTING AND RESPONDING TO CONCERNS

7.1 Any concerns or allegations of abuse must be reported to the designated safeguarding officer immediately.

7.2 The designated safeguarding officer will follow established procedures for reporting and responding to concerns, including making referrals to relevant authorities when necessary.

8) CONFIDENTIALITY

All concerns and information related to safeguarding will be treated confidentially, shared on a need-to-know basis, and in compliance with data protection laws.

9) REVIEW & MONITORING

This policy will be reviewed annually or more frequently if necessary. The effectiveness of the policy will be monitored, and any necessary updates will be made to reflect changes in legislation or best practice.

 

Review Date:

This policy was last reviewed on MAY 2022. The next review is scheduled for May 2024.

BLOSSOME CIC is committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for vulnerable adults. This policy is integral to our dedication to their well-being and protection from harm.