1. Policy Statement
1.1 Safeguarding is the action taken to promote the welfare of children under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults (together, “vulnerable people” and each a “vulnerable person”). Cure EB believes that the welfare and safety of vulnerable people is paramount and that all vulnerable people, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse. Cure EB also acknowledges that some vulnerable people are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.
Safeguarding is a key governance policy for Cure EB and Cure EB is committed to proactively ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all of its staff and volunteers and also all vulnerable people with whom the staff or volunteers or agents of Cure EB may come into contact with during fundraising, awareness-raising or other activities of the charity.
In addition, Cure EB will ensure appropriate due diligence is undertaken to ensure all of the researchers and organisations it funds must comply with the highest standards of research practice and integrity.
1.2 This policy aims to:
- Promote and prioritize the safety and wellbeing of all staff, beneficiaries and vulnerable people who come into contact with Cure EB through its activities.
- Provide assurance that Cure EB will take reasonable steps to manage safeguarding risks.
- Ensure that everybody understands their roles and responsibilities with regards to safeguarding matters.
- Ensure that appropriate action is taken in the event of any allegations or suspicions of harm from contact with the staff.
1.3 This policy applies to anyone working for or on behalf of Cure EB including staff, volunteers, consultants, agency staff and the board of Trustees.
2.1 Legislative protection exists to ensure the safeguarding of vulnerable people. This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect vulnerable people.
2.2 Cure EB does not provide support services to members of the public and does not usually work with those who fall within the remit of the legislation. From time to time Cure EB may come into contact with young people under 18 years of age, such as when it commissions or organises a family fun day or a sporting event for the purposes of awareness-raising. In these circumstances Cure EB will ensure appropriate due diligence is undertaken when engaging any third party to help run such events and it will take all reasonable steps to protect all those connected with such activities from abuse or mistreatment by those working or volunteering for Cure EB.
2.3 Cure EB will take a risk-based approach to manage safeguarding concerns. Issues of safeguarding will be considered as part of the risk assessment process. Safeguarding will be kept under review by the board of Trustees of Cure EB.
2.4 All of the researchers and organisations that Cure EB funds must comply with the highest standards of research practice and integrity. Cure EB will seek assurance and evidence that safeguarding implications are properly considered and managed during the lifetime of any project funded by Cure EB.
3.1 Cure EB will recruit staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made; it will ensure that the appropriate DBS or basic disclosure checks are conducted, depending on eligibility, for any individuals who may (e.g. at a family day or fundraising event organised by Cure EB) come into contact with vulnerable
3.2 Cure EB will require all employees and volunteers to familiarise themselves with the content of this policy and will provide supervision, support and training to staff and volunteers as appropriate.
4 Taking action
4.1 Cure EB will ensure that safe, appropriate, accessible means of reporting safeguarding concerns are made available to the staff and volunteers of Cure EB and any third parties it works with.
4.2 Any staff member or volunteer who has a complaint or concern relating to safeguarding should report it immediately to the nominated Trustee for safeguarding policy and management. Reports should be made immediately where possible but within no more than 24 hours if possible. This will enable each situation to be investigated thoroughly whilst treating the parties involved fairly and with sensitivity.
4.3 Cure EB will ensure that suitable steps are taken as a result of any investigation which may include reporting adequately and appropriately to the Charity Commission via a Serious Incident Report. Reports to other external authorities, police and regulators will be made as is appropriate to the safeguarding incident.
Decisions regarding whether reports to external authorities (other than the Charity Commission) will be fully risk assessed and not made if they are likely to cause further harm to the victim.
4.4 All instances of alleged or reported abuse will be recorded, including an explanation of any decision on external reporting.
5 Photography and filming
5.1 From time to time Cure EB shares photographs of children and young people and their families on social media and in published material (for example in the newsletter) to provide a record of the activities of Cure EB and to raise awareness of the charity.
5.2 Cure EB acknowledges that the welfare of children and young people taking part in our activities or helping to promote the charity is paramount.
5.3 Children, young people and their parents and carers have a right to decide whether their images are taken and how these may be used, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
5.4 Cure EB acknowledges that consent to take images of children is only meaningful when children, their parents and carers understand how the images will be used and stored and Cure EB is fully aware of the potential risks associated with the use and distribution of these images.
5.5 Cure EB acknowledges and understands the potential risks associated with sharing images of children online.
5.6 Cure EB will seek to keep children and young people safe by always asking for written consent from a child and their parents or carers before taking and using a child’s image.
5.7 Cure EB will always explain what images will be used for and how they will be stored.
5.8 Cure EB will only use first names of children whose images appear in its published material or on the charity’s social media sites. Cure EB will never publish personal information about individual children.
5.9 If Cure EB hires a photographer for an event organised by Cure EB, it will seek to keep children safe by providing the photographer with a clear brief about appropriate content and behaviour and informing children, their parents and carers that a photographer will be at the event and ensuring written consent is given to images which feature a child being shared.
6.1 This policy will be reviewed annually or more frequently as the Trustees decide is appropriate.
7.1 Given the nature of Cure EB’s activities, there is no requirement for a lead safeguarding trustee to be appointed. However, Cure EB’s nominated lead trustee for safeguarding policy and management is Tazim Hall.