Safeguarding Policy – Solway Singers –

Overview  

Commitment to safeguarding: Solway Singers believes that a child, young person or adult at risk should  never experience abuse of any kind. We recognise that we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all  children, young people and adults at risk. We are committed to safeguarding the well-being of all children,  young people and adults at risk we come into contact with and to protecting them from harm.  

About this policy  

• This policy applies to; all members, volunteers and anyone working on behalf of Solway Singers or  taking part in Solway Singers activities.  

• The purpose of this policy is to provide members and volunteers with the overarching principles that  guide our approach to the protection of all vulnerable people  

• This policy recognises vulnerable people as:  

• Children up to the age of 16 or young people aged 16-18.  

• Adults aged over 18 at risk as defined by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.  This might include adults with a learning or physical disability, a physical or mental illness,  chronic or otherwise, including an addiction to alcohol or drugs, or reduced physical or  mental capacity. This policy also recognises risk is determined by the activity an adult is  taking part in and not solely on the personal characteristics or circumstances of the adult, as  such any adult can be at risk, and the risk can be temporary.  

• This policy aims to:  

• Protect children, young people and adults at risk who are; members of, receive services  from, or volunteer for Solway Singers.  

• Ensure members and volunteers working with children, young people and adults at risk are  carefully recruited and understand and accept responsibility for the safeguarding of those  vulnerable individuals they are interacting with.  

• Ensure that safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk is a primary  consideration when Solway Singers undertakes any activity, event or project.  

How Solway Singers might work with vulnerable people: membership is open to anyone. We run regular  rehearsals for members and put on concerts for the general public. As such our involvement with vulnerable  people might include, but is not limited to:  

• Members of the group who attend rehearsals and concerts  

• Relatives and friends of members who attend rehearsals and concerts in a volunteering capacity  

Named safeguarding person: Joanne King has responsibility for safeguarding issues. All queries and  concerns relating to safeguarding should be referred to Joanne King in the first instance.  

Any projects, events or other activities that will involve vulnerable people must be planned with the  involvement of Joanne King and in line with established procedures and ground rules (see below).  

Procedures and ground rules: A further document – ‘Ground rules, ways of working and procedures’ is  available and forms part of this policy.  

Policy review: This policy will be reviewed and amended (if necessary) on an annual basis by the  Committee. It will also be reviewed in response to changes in relevant legislation, good practice, or in  response to an identified failing in its effectiveness.  

Safeguarding policy –Solway Singers - Ground rules, ways of working  and procedures  

This document forms part of the Solway Singers Safeguarding policy  

• The policy applies to; all members, volunteers and anyone working on behalf of Solway Singers or taking  part in Solway Singers activities.  

• The purpose of this policy is to provide members and volunteers with the overarching principles that  guide our approach to the protection of vulnerable people.  

• This policy recognises vulnerable people as: 

o Children up to the age of 16 or young people aged 16-18. 

o Adults aged over 18 at risk, including those defined as vulnerable by the Safeguarding  Vulnerable Groups Act 2006; this might include adults with a learning or physical disability, a  physical or mental illness, chronic or otherwise, including an addiction to alcohol or drugs, or  reduced physical or mental capacity.  

This document includes:  

• Recruitment practices around safeguarding  

• Ground rules and ways for working regarding safeguarding of vulnerable people  • Procedures for raising safeguarding concerns and incidents of abuse  

• Procedures for dealing with concerns and incident of abuse  

Recruitment practices around safeguarding  

If an existing or potential new member or volunteer will be working with vulnerable people as part of the  Solway Singers activities, the appropriate level of DBS will be requested before that work is undertaken.  

The level of DBS check required will be decided by the committee and in line with DBS rules regarding  regulated activity.  

Ground rules and ways for working regarding safeguarding of vulnerable people  

When Solway Singers organises an activity or event where they will be responsible for vulnerable people  they will ensure:  

• Planning is carried out in line with this policy and procedures.  

• The event is attended by an appropriate number of DBS checked adults – this will be a minimum of one  but more when practically possible.  

• Where practically possible the total number of adults in attendance (not necessarily DBS checked)  compared with the total number of children will be in line with the ratio table below - as per Ofsted  recommendations.  

• There is a main contact for safeguarding on the day - this will be an individual who has been DBS  checked.  

• The main contact has access to emergency contact details and other relevant details (e.g. information  about picking up arrangements for vulnerable people).  

• That if vulnerable people of different gender will be taking part in activities adults of different gender will  be in attendance too.  

• A vulnerable person is not be left alone with an adult, unless that adult is DBS checked and carrying out  regulated activity.  

• Two adults (one DBS checked) should be the last to leave a venue once the activity has finished and will  be responsible for ensuring vulnerable people get home safely.  

Child to adult ratio table  

Childs age     Number of adults    Number of children 

0-2                              1                                     3

2-3                              1                                      4

4-8                              1                                     6

9-12                            1                                      8

12-18                           1                                    10

 

Working with parents/guardians: If a vulnerable person wishes to take part in Solway Singers activities  written permission (email is fine) should be obtained from parents/guardians where appropriate, and before  the activity takes place. Written permission should include: emergency contact details of any relevant pick-up  arrangements – including permission for another adult to pick up the vulnerable person after the activity has  finished  

Procedures for raising safeguarding concerns and incidents of abuse  

• If any member, staff or volunteer in Solway Singers witnesses, suspects or is informed of a witnessed or  suspected case of abuse, they should immediately report it to the named safeguarding officer; Joanne  King 

• If the named person is not available, or is involved in or connected to, the abuse, it should be reported to  the group chair Janet Madden or a DBS checked adult: 

• If an individual wishes to report an incident of abuse against themselves they should report it to the  named safeguarding officer or an individual they trust.  

Procedures for dealing with concerns and incidents of abuse  

The Named person (or person reported in their absence) will first make a decision based on the immediacy  of the concern and the following two factors:  

1. If the vulnerable person is in immediate danger or needs emergency medical attention – call the police  and/or ambulance service.  

2. If the person at the centre of the allegation is working with vulnerable persons at the current time –  remove them, in a sensitive manner, from direct contact with vulnerable people and follow the  procedures below.  

If none of the above applies the named person will:  

• Make a note of the concerns reported to them.  

• Speak with committee members to decide how to handle the reported abuse. Excluding any committee  members who of involved in the incident.  

• Escalate the report by either:  

o Raising concerns with the police – for serious or possible criminal offences.  

o Requesting an assessment by the local authority social care department about whether a  vulnerable person is in need of protection.  

o An internal investigation – for less serious incidents where they feel internal mediation will be  successful.  

• Where cases are escalated the committee will cooperate with the police or local authority in dealing with  the reported incident.  

• Where an internal investigation takes place the committee will:  

o Inform all parties involved of the reported abuse as soon as possible.  

o Inform the family/guardians of the person reported as being been abused of the incident.  

o Arrange separate meetings with both parties within 10 days of the reported incident. A joint  meeting may be arranged if appropriate.  

▪ Both parties should be given the change to bring a friend or representative to the  meeting.  

▪ Meetings will be attended by the named safeguarding officer and at least one other  committee member.  

▪ All parties will also be invited to submit a written statement in advance of the meeting.  

o Once meetings have taken place the committee will decide on next steps and communicate  them to all parties in writing within 5 days. They will be either:  

▪ Escalate the incident to the relevant authority.  

▪ Further investigation – with established procedures and timelines to work towards a  resolution.  

▪ A decision or resolution.  

Resolution and disciplinary action  

• If abuse is found to have taken place any final resolution or decision will be taken in the best interest of  the person who has suffered the abuse and the best interests the Solway Singers.  

Reviewed November 2020