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
Health & Safety (including remote and lone working)
Bullying & Harassment
Social Media Risk Assessment Policy and Guidelines
Recruitment and Volunteer Policies