The NSA recognises that:

  • The welfare of children and adults at risk is paramount (Children Act, 1989, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, 2006, Care Act 2014).
  • All children and adults regardless of age, gender, racial heritage, sexual orientation or identity, religious belief, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse.
  • Some children are additionally vulnerable because of previous experiences, level of dependency, communication needs and other issues.
  • Working in partnership with community services, children, young people, their parents, carers and agencies is essential in promoting welfare.

We seek to keep children and adults safe by:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting children/young people and adults.
  • Adhering to safeguarding and child protection practices through procedures and codes of conduct for staff and volunteers.
  • Monitoring, implementing and adhering to our policies and procedures.
  • Providing effective management and training of staff/volunteers as appropriate, including appointing a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • Recording and storing information professionally.
  • Using NSA safeguarding procedures to share information with relevant agencies who need to know.
  • Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment, ensuring that we have a harassment policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying issues that arise.
  • Ensuring we adhere to health and safety law and regulatory guidance to provide a safe environment.

The NSA has a robust Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk policy and procedure. Trustees, employees and volunteers of the charity demonstrate competency in this document alongside a secure knowledge of the following policies and procedures:

  • Code of Conduct for Working with Children, Young People and Adults
  • Whistleblowing
  • Health & Safety (including remote and lone working)
  • Bullying & Harassment
  • Social Media Risk Assessment Policy and Guidelines
  • Recruitment and Volunteer Policies