Ditch the Label Ltd (‘DTL’) acknowledges our duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and Charity Commission requirements.

This policy recognizes that the welfare and interests of children, young people and vulnerable adults are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation or identity, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, religion or beliefs, socio-economic background; all children, young people, and vulnerable adults:

  • Will have a positive and enjoyable experience with DTL in a safe and child/young person centered environment; and
  • Are protected from abuse whilst participating in any activity or event provided by DTL. We acknowledge that some children, young people and/or vulnerable adults can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.

DTL will act promptly and appropriately if any safeguarding concerns are raised, regardless of whether they are in direct relation to our relationship or contact with the child, young person or vulnerable adult.

As part of our Safeguarding Policy DTL will:

  • Promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults;
  • Ensure all staff, volunteers and trustees understand their roles and responsibilities in respect to safeguarding and are provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognize, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children, young people and vulnerable adults;
  • Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of safeguarding concerns and that support is provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern;
  • Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored;
  • Endeavour to prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals by adhering to Safer Recruitment Procedures; and
  • Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation. This policy along with DTL’s other policies, procedures and codes of conduct and behavior will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in DTL.

Failure to comply with this policy will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organization.

Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, young people, vulnerable adults, staff, volunteers and trustees

Good communication is essential in any organization. Within DTL every effort will be made to ensure that, should individuals have concerns, they will be listened to and taken seriously. It is the responsibility of the management committee to ensure that information is available to, and exchanged between all those involved in this organization and its activities. Some information is confidential and should only be shared on a strictly need-to-know basis. DTL adheres to the principles of Working Together to Safeguard Children.

DTL assures full compliance with the duties of confidentiality and protection of privacy of the personal data of minors by adopting the technical, organizational and security measures necessary to prevent unauthorised access, alteration, loss or disclosure in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

Disclosure of Sensitive Information

Information sharing is a vital element in improving services. DTL understands the importance of sharing information that could be considered sensitive. Consent is required for any act of sharing information that surrounds a minor or vulnerable adult, unless there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child or vulnerable adult is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm. For example: To suffer significant harm in the form of physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

 

Children and Young People

Children and young people have a right to information, especially any information that could make life better and safer for them. DTL will act to ensure they have information about how, and with whom they can share their concerns, complaints and anxieties.

 

Vulnerable Adults

Vulnerable adults have the right to have alleged incidents recognized and taken seriously, to be involved in any reporting process as appropriate and to be informed of the outcome.
Children, young people and vulnerable adults have the right to receive fair and respectful treatment throughout.
When sharing information, DTL personnel will be sensitive to the level of understanding and maturity, as well as to the level of responsibility, of the people with whom they are sharing.

 

Parents/Guardians

Parents/persons with parental responsibility are ultimately responsible for their children’s welfare at all times, and they should be assured that their children are involved with a credible organization.

 

Recruitment and Training

Following carefully the procedures for recruitment and selection of staff, volunteers and trustees, DTL operates employment and supervision procedures that ensure highest priority is given to issues relating to child protection and vulnerable adults. Each new member of staff, volunteer or trustee is required to undergo a police check (DBS Disclosure) as part of our recruitment policy and to undertake a periodic DBS Disclosure refresh every two years. This is in addition to following wider safer recruitment principles, which include the taking up of independent references.

DTL is committed to providing effective management and encourages the development of staff and volunteers through its ongoing support, supervision and training.

• Inductions: Each new member of staff or volunteer is made familiar with DTL’s policies and procedures including (but not limited to) Safeguarding Policy, Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy and Acceptable Internet and Email Use Policy;
• Appraisals: Each new member of staff undergoes appraisals during weeks 4, 8 and 11 followed by a week 12 appraisal, then 6 month and annual appraisals.
• Every member of staff is required to attend safeguarding training delivered by their Local Safeguarding Children Board at the beginning of their employment and with appropriate, periodic refreshers.

The DTL management team take responsibility for the training needs of staff and volunteers. Each individual however, also plays a part in identifying areas they feel they require training in.
There are set training periods throughout the year; however we also encourage and support individuals to procure training opportunities that will enhance their abilities to serve the charity and its beneficiaries.

 

Designated Safeguarding Officer

In cases of concern, or if it comes to light that a child, young person or vulnerable adult is in a dangerous situation or is at risk of harm or abuse, DTL’s Designated Safeguarding Officer is as follows:
Sue Jones. (Office Manager)
15 – 17 Middle Street, Brighton. BN1 1AL.
Telephone: 01273 201129 / Mobile: SUPPLIED
Email: [email protected]

In situations where the Office Manager cannot be reached then the following person should be contacted:
Liam Hackett. (Chief Executive Officer)
15 – 17 Middle Street, Brighton. BN1 1AL.
Telephone: 01273 201129 / Mobile: SUPPLIED
Email: [email protected]

In situations where further advice and/or intervention is needed we would refer to the following agency in the first instance.
Brighton and Hove LSCB and follow the procedures for:

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (‘MASH’)
If there are safeguarding risks and immediate concerns we will always contact MASH for advice.
The MASH brings together a team of multi-disciplinary professionals from partner agencies into the same room to deal with all safeguarding concerns; i.e. where someone is concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child. Information will be collated securely to assess risk and decide what action to take.
Contact to MASH is prioritised using a RAG rating (Red / Amber / Green) to decide the most appropriate interventions for the child’s identified needs.
Red: There is a potential child protection issue (e.g. serious injury to the child): Requires immediate action – expected within four hours.
Amber: There are significant concerns but immediate action is not required (e.g. ongoing domestic violence issues in the household): Requires action within 24 hours.
Green: There are concerns regarding a child’s wellbeing but these do not meet statutory requirements (e.g. poor school attendance): Requires action within 72 hours.
Tel: 01273 290400
Email: [email protected]
Out of hours Emergency Duty Service
01273 335905 or 335906

Police: Brighton and Hove Child Protection Team
101 (Ask for Brighton CPT / Relevant team as required)
Designated Professionals are as follows:
Doctor Safeguarding Children: 01273 265788
Nurse Safeguarding Children: 01273 574680 / 0777 038 1421
Local Authority Designated Officer (‘LADO’): 01273 295643
Detailed records will be kept of any concerns and/or reporting (including action taken and outcome).
Such information will be treated as sensitive and confidential and stored appropriately.
Monitoring and Review

This Policy will be reviewed by DTL management:

• To reflect any changes in legislation and/or government guidance;

• As required by the local councils, the Charity Commission and/or as a result of any other significant change or event.
This monitoring will apply to the practices of all staff, volunteers, trustees, the composition of the Committees and the provision of services.

It is the responsibility of every individual to ensure the practical application of this policy.

Ditch the Label Ltd are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.