Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C. will not tolerate the abuse of adults in any of its forms and is committed to safeguarding adults with care and support needs from harm.
This policy outlines the steps will make to safeguard an adult with care and support needs if they are deemed to be a risk or at risk. This policy sets out the roles and responsibilities in working together with other Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C. professionals and agencies in promoting the adult’s welfare and safeguarding them from any form of abuse and/or neglect.
Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C. will ensure that decisions made will allow adults to make their own choices and include them in any decision making. We will also ensure that safe and effective working practices are in place.
This policy is intended to support staff and volunteers working within Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C. to understand their role and responsibilities in safeguarding adults. All staff and volunteers are expected to follow this policy.
The key objectives of this policy are for all employees and volunteers of Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C. to:
Under the Human Rights Act 1998, everyone has the right to live free from abuse and neglect. https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights/human-rights-act
Copies of this policy should be available within Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C.
Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C. will not tolerate the abuse of adults in the organisation and staff and volunteers should be made aware of how this policy can be accessed.
What is Safeguarding adults?
‘Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. This must recognise that adults sometimes have complex interpersonal relationships and may be ambivalent, unclear or unrealistic about their personal circumstances.’
Care and Support Statutory Guidance, Department of Health
All adults should be able to live free from fear and harm. But some may find it hard to get the help and support they need to stop abuse.
An adult may be unable to protect themselves from harm or exploitation due to many reasons, including their mental or physical incapacity, sensory loss or physical or learning disabilities. This could be an adult who is usually able to protect themselves from harm but maybe unable to do so because of an accident, disability, frailty, addiction or illness.
Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C. adheres to following the six key principles that underpin safeguarding work
Who do I go to if I am concerned?
The named responsible person for safeguarding duties for Rose Latham 07895731529 email firstname.lastname@example.org
All staff and volunteers should contact Rose Latham for any concerns/queries they have regarding safeguarding adults. A log of the concern must be kept.
Rose Latham will be responsible in making decisions about notifying adult social services if required and consider alternative actions, where necessary.
Rose Latham will also ensure that the safeguarding adults’ policies and procedures are in place and up to date. They will ensure a safe environment is promoted for volunteers and adults accessing the peer support groups
What should I do if I am concerned?
Staff and volunteers at Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C. who have any adult safeguarding concerns should:
- Take emergency action if someone is at immediate risk of harm/in need of urgent medical attention. Dial 999 for emergency services
- Get brief details about what has happened and what the adult would like done about it, but do not probe or conduct a mini investigation- Seek consent from the adult to act and to report the concern. Consider whether the adult may lack capacity to make decisions about their own and other people’s safety and wellbeing. If you decide to act against their wishes or without their consent, you must record your decision and the reasons for this.
- Name the person to whom staff/volunteers need to report any potential safeguarding concerns. This will usually be the organisation’s designated safeguarding lead (see above)
- As far as possible, records should be written contemporaneously, dated and signed.
- Keep records about safeguarding concerns confidential and in a location where the alleged abuser will not have access to the record.
In deciding whether to refer or not, the designated safeguarding lead should consider:
(1) the adult’s wishes and preferred outcome
(2) whether the adult has mental capacity to make an informed decision about their own and others’ safety
(3) the safety or wellbeing of any children or other adults in relation to the adult who needs safeguarding
(4) whether there is a person in a position of trust involved
(5) whether a crime has been committed
This should inform the decision whether to notify the concern to the following people:
the police if a crime has been committed and/or
Adult Social Care (part of adult social services) for possible safeguarding enquiry
family/relatives as appropriate
The designated safeguarding lead should keep a record of the reasons for referring the concern or reasons for not referring.
Incidents of abuse may be one-off or multiple and may affect one person or more. Staff and volunteers should look beyond single incidents to identify patterns of harm. Accurate recording of information will also assist in recognising any patterns.
What are your roles and responsibilities
All staff, management, trustees and volunteers at Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C. are expected to report any concerns to the named person for safeguarding. If the allegation is against one of Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C. members, volunteers, trustees or directors, seek advice from Rose Latham safeguarding lead. If the allegation is against the safeguarding lead, seek advice from Daniel Wolstencroft the director.
The designated safeguarding adults lead should be responsible for providing acknowledgement of the referral and brief feedback to the person raising the original concern. Feedback should be given in a way that will not make the situation worse or breach the Data Protection Act. If the police are involved, they should be consulted prior to giving feedback to the referrer to ensure any criminal investigation is not affected.