Safeguarding Policy

Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust (PORT) reg 1114217

Safeguarding Policy – August 2018

This policy applies to all staff, trustee’s, and volunteer workers, or anyone working on behalf of Pseudo Obstruction research Trust (referred to as PORT within this document).

The purpose of this policy is to,

Protect children, young people, and their parents, who receive any services from PORT.

Protect adults and vulnerable adults who receive any services from PORT.

To provide staff and volunteers with overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.

PORT believes that a child young person adult or vulnerable adult should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.

Legal Framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children and adults namely:

Data Protection act 1998

Human Rights Act 1998

Sexual Offences Act 2003

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

Children and Families Act 2014

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) code of practice, 0 to 25 years, statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children, and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities HM Government 2014.

Information sharing Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children young people, parents, adults and carers. HM Government 2015.

Working together to safeguarding children a guide to inter agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children HM Government 2015.

We recognise that

The welfare of the child is paramount as enshrined in the Childrens Act 1989.

All children regardless of age, disability, gender assignment, race, religion, or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communications needs or other issues.

Working in partnership with children young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young peoples welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by;

Valuing them listening to them with respect.

Appointing a designated Safeguarding officer and a deputy.

Adopting child protection and safeguarding policies through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers.

Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision support and training.

Recruiting and storing information professionally and securely. Sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children and families staff and volunteers via e mail, and/or one to one discussions.

Using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families, and carers appropriately.

Using procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately.

Creating and maintaining an Anti-Bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise.

Ensuring we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place.

Contact details

Designated Safeguarding officer (DSO)

Sue Stewart 07939 885699 /

Deputy DSO

Rebecca Stanier 07903 664386 /