Safeguarding & Prevent Policy

1. Introduction
1.1  Purpose 

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that MGV takes all reasonable steps to ensure that everyone who comes into contact with this organisation is free from any form of abuse, harassment, bullying or discrimination.

1.2 Scope Safeguarding

Safeguarding practices apply to both children, defined in the Education Act 2002 as a person under the age of 18, and adults “at risk.” An adult at risk as defined in The Care Act 2014 means any person aged eighteen or over who:

• has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
• is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
• as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.

Adults at risk of abuse include people with a wide range of disabilities and circumstances, including a learning or physical disability; a physical or mental illness, chronic or otherwise; or a reduction in physical or mental capacity.

1.3 Statement of Policy

1.3.1 MGV recognises its particular responsibility to safeguard the wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk engaged in all of its activities. MGV will ensure that there are appropriate arrangements in place to enable it to discharge its duty to provide a safe and secure environment and to deal with issues concerned with suspected or reported abuse of children, young people and adults at risk. In these issues, the welfare of these groups is seen as paramount.
1.3.2 MGV seeks to ensure that its policy and procedures comply with statutory duties, the Child Protection Procedures of the West Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB). Policies and procedures will reflect guidance and good practice in safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk, and that safeguarding arrangements are proportionate and based upon good practice.

2. Procedures

2.1 MGV takes a risk management approach to safeguarding the public.
2.2 Some Volunteers are engaged in roles not directly involved with children or at risk adults, but they may come into contact with either or both groups very occasionally. As outlined above, MGV takes a risk management approach.

3. Responsibilities

3.1 A member of MGV will be appointed as Safeguarding Officer who will oversee future activities.
3.2 This policy is updated at least annually and more frequently if necessary.
4. Supporting Children and Adults at Risk
4.1 Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment. MGV will take immediate action as soon as there is a significant concern.

5. Confidentiality & Information Sharing

5.1 We recognise that all matters relating to safeguarding are confidential.

This policy will be reviewed in November 2019. Date this policy was approved by the Board of Trustees: