1. Introduction and purpose
This policy sets out how CICD operates to keep adults at risk of abuse or neglect safe.
The policy is about stopping abuse, where it is happening and preventing abuse, where there is a risk that it may occur.
We have a Duty of Care to our students, staff and volunteers. We are committed to the protection and safety of adults at risk whether they are students, staff, volunteers, visitors and/or participants in our activities. We will protect and support the volunteers who work with us as well as our students and staff.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. For our safeguarding policy to be effective, every student, volunteer and staff member will play their part in keeping people safe.
Adult at risk of abuse or neglect
For the purposes of this policy, adult at risk refers to someone over 18 years old who, according to paragraph 42.1 of the Care Act 2014:
• has care and support needs
• is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect
• as a result of their care and support needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.
• If someone has care and support needs but is not currently receiving care or support from a health or care service, they may still be an adult at risk
3. Persons affected by this policy
All students and volunteers
All visitors and contractors
4. Our Policy
• CICD has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse.
• There are no excuses for not taking all reasonable action to protect adults at risk from abuse, exploitation, radicalisation and mistreatment.
• CICD recognises that under the Care Act 2014 it has a duty for the care and protection of adults who are at risk of abuse. It is committed to promoting wellbeing, harm prevention and to responding effectively if concerns are raised.
• We create an environment where students, staff and volunteers feel able to raise safeguarding concerns and feel supported with their safeguarding responsibilities.
• All students, staff and volunteers are given an induction to the organisation; which includes awareness of their safeguarding responsibilities and procedures to be followed if they have a safeguarding concern.
• All students, staff and volunteers are required to report any suspected abuse and be aware of the appropriate reporting and support procedure for safeguarding, including the reporting of people at risk of radicalisation and extremism.
• All students, staff and volunteers who come into contact with adults at risk of abuse, will be alerted to possible signs of abuse and consider whether there may be safeguarding concerns. They will discuss their concerns with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (the Principal), to get appropriate support.
• The Designated Safeguarding Lead for CICD will fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities in a way that ensures that adults are safeguarded from harm. The Safeguarding Lead is responsible for following up and reporting any suspected abuse.
• Appropriate recruitment of students, staff and volunteers is in place including policies on when to obtain a DBS check.
• This policy will be reviewed annually.