Statement of intent
Because of the work we do, Friends and Families is required to have robust policies and procedures to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk that we come into contact with. We are cognisant of the vulnerability of those we work with and the need to take all appropriate steps to ensure our clients, and their families, are safe while they are engaged in the activities, and receiving the services, we provide.
All children and adults at risk have a right to protection and freedom from abuse or exploitation, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage or racial culture, religious belief, sexual orientation, economic status or otherwise.
For the purposes of safeguarding procedures we consider our team to be professionals, and therefore will refer safeguarding concerns in relation to our trustees, employees or volunteers through the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) processes.
The vulnerability of those we work with makes it extremely important that our employees and volunteers understand the signs of abuse and factors that may raise cause for concern. We will also ensure they understand the importance of taking immediate action and making appropriate referrals so we play our part in the multi-agency safeguarding framework.
To reassure our service users and their families of our commitment to safeguarding, this policy will be published on the FAFOSC website and available in hard copy on request.