SAFEGUARDING AWARENESS INFORMATION
Safeguarding should be everyone’s concern and carries a moral obligation of care to any adult at risk, and to children. An adult may be at risk due to physical disability, mental health, debilitating condition, caring responsibilities or any inability to look after their own well-being.
London and Overseas Area can adapt the criteria to fit an Awareness and Understanding regime within their own activities, under the following.
AWARENESS for the Informal Volunteer – led Groups.
- Keeping everyone safe
- Act if people need help.
- Looking after yourself and other volunteers.
- DBS – if working with juveniles
- Identify and manage the risks in carrying out certain volunteering activities.
When teaching, safeguarding is a serious consideration.
Select a venue with good facilities, ensure Health and Safety standards are met, and provide regular breaks with refreshments.
Demonstrate an understanding that the classroom is made of individual learners rather than a single group.
Identify the needs of the Learner and respect the difference between Children and Adults.
- Be vigilant about whether anyone is at risk of harm. Think about their:
Appearance: such as poor hygiene or unusual injuries.
Behaviour: are they withdrawn, overly anxious, disruptive, aggressive, using inappropriate language, self-harming or violent.
Communication: if someone informs you that they are being abused or neglected, you listen to them and take appropriate action, which may include seeking advice from others, therefore confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
- Sometimes volunteering can be demanding and expose you to others who are distressed.
Consider your emotional state and take advice from those that you are close to as whether the task is for you.
If you feel overly stressed, overwhelmed or unable to manage the demands of helping, tell others and take a break and remember that it is always your choice to give the gift of your time.
Be vigilant and show curiosity into the action of others. If you are worried about them, consider their response and share your concern with others.
- It is advisable to check on the status of the volunteers, particularly those working with children.
Useful Nos. apart from 999, 101 try SAFEGUARDING Helpline 0303 0031111, includes DBS Checks
Revision October 2021