Our organisation encourages children’s, young people’s and vulnerable adults understanding of river conservation issues, helping them to connect to and take action for rivers in the following ways:
• Through schools’ outreach.
• Through community engagement activities.
• Through volunteering.
• By participating in Eden Rivers Trust (ERT) activities and events for children and families.
• By interacting with ERT on our social media platforms.
We want participants to enjoy their involvement with ERT and we must operate safely, with safeguarding as the top priority. We also recognise that we may have incidental or targeted interaction with children, vulnerable adults and their carers’, and need to act and be seen to act appropriately at all times.
We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. They are entitled to protection from physical, sexual and emotional harm and have the right to a safe, positive and enjoyable environment when involved with ERT.
The purpose of this policy
• To provide protection for children and vulnerable adults who undertake activities with ERT
• To provide staff with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or vulnerable adult may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm
The policy applies to all staff, including senior managers, the board of trustees, employees, volunteers, students, or anyone working on behalf of ERT.
The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved with ERT. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children and vulnerable adults in England:
− The Children Act 1989
− United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1991
− Human Rights Act 1998
− Sexual Offences Act 2003
− Children Act 2004
− Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
− Equality Act 2010
− Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
− Children and Families Act 2014
− Care Act 2014
− Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; HM Government 2015
− Modern Slavery Act 2015
− Data Protection Act 2018 (relating to EU General Data Protection Regulations
This Safeguarding Policy is based on the following key principles:
ERT acknowledges that some children or vulnerable adults, including those who are disabled can be particularly vulnerable to abuse, and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
All staff regardless of their role (or anyone working on behalf of ERT) have a responsibility for understanding our policy and implementing our safeguarding approach.
As part of our Safeguarding Policy ERT:
We seek to safeguard children and vulnerable adults by:
The Safeguarding Steering Group will review this policy on an annual basis.