Friends of Evington Safeguarding Adults Policy 1.0
|Issued May 2020|
|Approved By Trustees Yes|
|Consultation Evington Mutual Aid|
|Equality Impact Assessment Completed No|
|Distribution All individual members and group members’ representative of the charity|
|Implementation Date 12th May 2020|
|Planned Review Date
|Author Helen Pettman (Secretary of Friends of Evington)|
|Friends of Evington’s Safeguarding officer: Mr. Paul Archdeacon
|Policy Validity Statement
Policy users should ensure that they are consulting the currently valid version of the documentation. This document will be reviewed one year from its issue date.
The policy will remain valid, including during its period of review. However, the policy must be reviewed next year and afterwards at least once in every 3 year period.
Status form …………………………………………….. Page 1
Introduction ……………………………………………………… Page 2
Definition …………………………………………………………..Page 3
Basic principles …………………………………………………..Page 3
Positive Learning…………………………………………Page 4/5
Types of abuse…………………………………………………….Page 5
Procedures ………………………………………………Page 6
Guidance for Mutual Aid street helpers/volunteers… Page 7
Safe recruitment and vetting procedures…………… Page 8
Monitoring, Review and Archiving……………………………Page 8
Appendix A Flow chart ……………………………………Page 9
Appendix B Contacts …………………………………….Page10
This policy sets out how Friends of Evington will fulfil its statutory duties and responsibilities effectively both within its own organisation and for the affiliated groups and members that help with Friends of Evington’s charitable vision and objectives.
VISION: To inspire a healthy community in Evington through bringing environmental and educational projects to life, providing solutions that benefit local people and protect the planet.
TO PROMOTE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC THE CONSERVATION PROTECTION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE PHYSICAL AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT IN THE EVINGTON SUBURB OF LEICESTER AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.
TO PROMOTE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INHABITANTS OF EVINGTON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR RECREATION OR OTHER LEISURE TIME OCCUPATION OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NEED OF SUCH FACILITIES BY REASON OF THEIR YOUTH, AGE, INFIRMITY OR DISABLEMENT, FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES OR FOR THE PUBLIC AT LARGE IN THE INTERESTS OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND WITH THE OBJECT OF IMPROVING THE CONDITION OF LIFE OF THE SAID INHABITANTS.
This safeguarding policy is to make it clear what Friends of Evington will do to keep adults safe.
The safeguarding duties outlined within this policy apply to an adult who:
- Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
- Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
- As a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.
4.1 This policy aims to ensure that no act or omission by the Friends of Evington as a charitable organisation, puts adults at risk of abuse or neglect. That systems are in place to proactively safeguard adults at risk of abuse or neglect and to support volunteers in fulfilling their roles.
4.2 This policy describes how the Friends of Evington will discharge the responsibility for ensuring its own organisation fulfil the duty to safeguard adults at risk of abuse or neglect.
4.3 This policy can be used by all volunteers registered by Friends of Evington, including groups registered by Friends of Evington who may wish to adopt this policy.
4.4 All volunteer trustees and volunteer members should be made aware of this policy.
The six principles of safeguarding are:
Enpowerment: People are supported and confident through being encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.
Prevention: It is better to take action before harm occurs.
Proportionality: The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
Protection: Support and representation for those in greatest need.
Partnership: Local solutions through communities working with services.
Accountability: Accountability and transparency in safeguarding practice.
- POSITIVE LEARNING CULTURE
In developing this policy the Friends of Evington recognises that safeguarding adults is everyone’s responsibility and that there is the need for effective joint working between agencies and professionals who have different roles and expertise if those vulnerable adults in society are to be protected from harm. In order to achieve effective joint-working there must be constructive relationships at all levels.
*a clear line of accountability for safeguarding, i.e. a named trustee lead to take overall leadership responsibility for the organisation’s safeguarding arrangements;
*informing their volunteers in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues.
*effective interagency working with local authorities, the police and third sector organisations which includes appropriate arrangements to cooperate with local authorities in the operation of Covid-19.
*effective systems for responding to abuse and neglect of adults.
*supporting the development of a positive learning culture across partnerships for safeguarding adults to ensure that organisations are not risk averse and seek to scapegoat or blame volunteer practitioners.
*The Care Act 2014 provides a comprehensive framework for the care and protection of adults, stating the following aims:
to stop abuse or neglect wherever possible;
prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and
safeguard adults in a way that supports them in making choices and having
control about how they want to live;
promote an approach that concentrates on improving the life of the adult
raise public awareness so that communities as a whole, work alongside professionals,
play their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect;
provide information and support in accessible ways to help people understand
the different types of abuse, how to stay safe and what to do to raise a concern
about the safety or well-being of an adult; and
Address what has caused the abuse or neglect.
In order to achieve these aims, it is necessary to:
- ensure that everyone, both individuals and organisations, are clear about their roles and responsibilities;
- create strong multi-agency partnerships that provide timely and effective prevention of and responses to abuse or neglect;
7 TYPES OF ABUSE:
- Physical abuse
- Domestic violence or abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological or emotional abuse
- Financial or material abuse
- Modern slavery
- Discriminatory abuse
- Organisational or institutional abuse
- Neglect or acts of omission
Establish the adult is safe. Establish need for advocacy
Establish consent and capacity to make relevant decisions by understanding the management of risk
During Covid – 19 Lockdown.
If you meet your neighbour or someone you are helping, offer to show some ID if they are nervous about accepting help, and allow them to make a note of who you are and where you live. Don’t offer any personal care or medical care to anyone OR enter a house. Keep your distance. If concerned about someone’s health and think they need medical help, contact 111. Do not promise anything you can’t guarantee – don’t recommend people contact an organisation (e.g. foodbank) unless you have personally made sure they can provide the support you think they can. If seriously concerned about someone’s welfare (mental health, possible abuse, self-harm) contact Leicester City Council’s Adult Safeguarding helpline: Telephone 0116 4541004 (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm or email email@example.com This email will deal with enquiries quickly.
Emergency number 0116 255 1606 (6pm to 8am) if you are concerned that someone is in immediate danger (e.g. due to domestic abuse) call the police on 999. If you come across a safeguarding concern, you can share the general issue without identifying the specific individual. Don’t share in your local group though as the individual could be identified.
Any concerns you have about another volunteer helper must be shared with your named safeguarding lead for this policy. Don’t assume that someone else is doing this. Look after yourself. You may see or hear distressing things. Don’t take everything on yourself.
Never share information about people you are helping on any social media, not even whatsapp groups or by email, or with anyone they haven’t given you permission to share it with. Even the Council. If you get a request you can’t handle, contact your ward lead or designated safeguarding officer for Friends of Evington for suggestions, or use the local and city lists of services. Never share information about yourself on social media that might put you in danger (e.g. your availability).
Don’t create lists with personal details that can be accessed online by all group members. Support on a 1 to 1 basis.
Treat others and their information as you would want to be treated, with respect.
- GUIDANCE FOR STREET HELPERS/VOLUNTEERS DURING LOCK-DOWN
First: DO NO HARM
Don’t volunteer if you have symptoms. Someone else can and will help.
Wash your hand before and after every single time. Use gel if no soap and water available before leafletting, before shopping and before delivering.
Leaflets can carry virus. Keep in plastic bags in small batches. Only one person should cut and handle leaflets.
Don’t give medical advice. Tell your neighbour to ring 111 if they require medical advice.
Build a network in your neighbourhood with shops and chemists. Talk to them, explain what we are doing. Ask how they can help, they will want to.
Don’t go into any house. Leave food/goods outside the doorstep. Communicate to the person in isolation that you have delivered via message of phone call. Get confirmation that the person has received it before you leave.
If you are buying groceries, have a clear agreement about how it will be paid for. Electronic between shop and neighbour is best solution. If handling cash, be sensitive and agree a maximum amount to be spent. Always get a receipt.
- SAFE RECRUITMENT AND VETTING
Safe recruitment policies and practices including the necessary Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks.
Managing Allegations Against Other volunteers
Procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse between volunteers, including referral to the Friends of Evington safeguarding officer and Local Authority safeguarding process if necessary.
Response to Incidents and Complaints
- There should be a policy with regard to incidents, errors and complaints relating to any aspect of safeguarding adults and it should include the requirement to inform the named or Safeguarding lead within the organisation/practice.
- Procedures are in place for reporting Serious Incidents
- Providers will ensure their Raising Concerns Policy (whistleblowing Policy) enables concerns about malpractice to be raised at an early stage and in the right way without fear of reprisals or concern for safety.
- This policy will be available to all Friends of Evington members on the website
- All trustees are responsible for ensuring that members have read and understood this document
- TRAINING IMPLICATIONS
All volunteer members of Friends of Evington will be told how to be alert to potential indicators of abuse, exploitation and neglect in adults and act on their concerns and fulfil their responsibilities in line with the local Covid-19 procedures.
- MONITORING, REVIEW AND ARCHIVING
An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process of analysing a new or existing service, policy or process. The aim is to identify what is the (likely) effect of implementation for different groups within the community (including patients, public and staff).
We need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. This is the law. In simple terms it means thinking about how some people might be excluded from what we are offering.
The way in which we organise things, or the assumptions we make, may mean that they cannot join in or if they do, it will not really work for them.
It’s good practice to think of all reasons why people may be excluded, not just the ones covered by the law. Think about people who may be suffering from socio-economic deprivation or the challenges facing carers for example.
This will not only ensure legal compliance, but also help to ensure that services best support the healthcare needs of the local population.
Think of it as simply providing great customer service to everyone.
- SAFEGUARDING ADULTS DECISION MAKING FLOWCHART
Appendix A Flow chart
Stage 1: Is there a concern that harm (e.g. abuse or neglect) has occurred or is likely to occur?
Stage 2: Is this an adult at risk? Please see definition above in section Does the concern relate to harm (e.g. abuse or neglect)?
(NB: Seek advice from the designated safeguarding officer.
Determine the most appropriate response e.g. provision of Information/ advice, signposting etc.
Stage 3: Does the adult consent to safeguarding procedures? OR Does the adult lack the mental capacity to take the decision? A referral can still be made even without consent in order to protect others or if there is a potential for a criminal investigation
Are there other legal and justified reasons to act without consent?
Is this adult safe?
Is there a need for emergency services?
Make a referral
Appendix B – Contacts
Friends of Evington office 0116 2204525 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Evington’s safeguarding officer- Paul Archdeacon 07882512220.
Evington Mutual Aid ward leader – Hannah Wakley
Leicester City Council’s Adult Safeguarding Helpline 0116 4541004 (Monday – Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm. Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
Leicester City Council’s emergency number 0116 2551606 6.00pm to 8.00am.
Leicester City Council’s quick response email: email@example.com
Tel: 101– Ask for local police station or Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit. (In emergencies please use 999).
For concerns in other neighbouring local areas please contact the relevant local authority safeguarding team leader in the first instance, or Voluntary Action Leicester if leader not known.