This policy applies to all staff, the board of trustees, volunteers (including students and ambassadors), or anyone working on behalf of The Brain Tumour Charity.
The purpose of this policy is:
The Brain Tumour Charity comes into direct contact with children and adults at risk through our support and information services, face to face meetings, and home visits as well as at our events such as family days, information events and fundraising events. A large proportion of our work also involves communicating with individuals online, through social media and Live Chat and also via telephone and post.
The Brain Tumour Charity believes that a child or adult at risk should never experience abuse of any kind. Through the implementation of this safeguarding policy, The Brain Tumour Charity will demonstrate its commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults at risk.
All children and adults at risk require the same protection, paying due regard to the 9 protected characteristics as cited in the Equality Act 2010. This policy will not discriminate, either directly or indirectly, on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation).
The Safeguarding Team are responsible for reviewing and deciding on the best course of action for all safeguarding enquiries which are received from staff across the charity. The safeguarding team consists of staff members from officer to director level and they bring expertise and experience from a wide range of backgrounds.
The safeguarding lead, in consultation with the board of Trustees, will be responsible for regularly updating this policy and ensuring that all employees of the charity are familiar with its contents.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children and adults at risk, namely:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
In this policy, a child is defined as anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday.
Safeguarding Adults at risk means protecting their right to live in safety free from abuse or neglect. Safeguarding duties for adults at risk apply when working with anyone aged 18 or over who:
An adult at risk of abuse may:
Abuse is a selfish act of oppression and injustice, exploitation and manipulation of power by those in a position of authority. This can be caused by those inflicting harm or those who fail to act to prevent harm. Abuse is not restricted to any socio-economic group, gender or culture.
It can take a number of forms, including the following:
We will implement safe recruitment practices to ensure that all staff, volunteers and the Board of Trustees are suitable and legally able to act in their positions and that Disclosure and Barring Service checks are sought where a role is eligible. Inductions of new staff will include discussions of the Safeguarding Policy (and confirmation of understanding). The policy will be updated annually and disseminated to all paid staff and volunteers.
All paid staff, volunteers and the Board of Trustees are required to complete a Safeguarding Course every 3 years and members of The Safeguarding Team are required to complete training every 2 years. Staff are therefore expected to have a sound understanding of safeguarding concerns, including potential abuse and neglect of children and adults at risk, which may come to light in the workplace as well as in the settings which we visit and are based. At whatever level we identify risks we will highlight them and seek to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to safeguard the individuals concerned.
We recognise that the involvement in situations where there is a risk or actual harm can be stressful for staff concerned. The mechanisms in place to support staff include:
The processes outlined below detail the stages involved in raising and reporting safeguarding concerns about children and adults at risk.
5.1 Action to take if you are in direct contact with the person raising the concern, for instance through a telephone call, receipt of a complaint or a meeting face to face.
5.2 If you are not in direct contact with the person raising the concern, for instance if you have received a letter, email or have identified a concern on social media.
5.3 Reporting concerns outside of normal working hours
All safeguarding concerns should be reported to the safeguarding team (during normal working hours) or the nominated safeguarding lead (at charity events). The Safeguarding lead/ team will discuss the concerns and decide next steps. If the concerns are identified outside of normal office hours and the Safeguarding lead/team or CEO is unavailable, decide whether there is an immediate risk to the child or adult at risk. In an emergency situation, where an individual is in immediate danger, or where a criminal act has been witnessed, call 999 or the relevant Social Services Department. This will usually be via the main switchboard number of the local authority. Inform the Safeguarding lead and your line manager of your concerns and actions as soon as practicable.
5.4 Allegations about a member of The Brain Tumour Charity staff
Staff may come into contact with children at charity events, in the community and during home visits. During these times, staff should not be left alone with children. A parent/carer or another staff member should be present. On occasion, it may be appropriate to meet someone under the age of 18 on a 1:1 basis however this would require the prior agreement of the employees line manager, also giving due regard to the ‘Lone Working policy’.
Where concerns are reported about a staff member of The Brain Tumour Charity, they should always be passed to the CEO. If the CEO is not available, then the Head of Talent or a senior manager should be contacted.
The CEO will liaise with a member of the Safeguarding Team. Together, they will coordinate decisions and any actions to be taken, including any referral to children’s social care services / police and / or The Charity Commission.