Safeguarding Policy

The Nominated person responsible for safeguarding in this Society is Karen Limbrick, Secretary. Tel. 01547 530002, limbrick85@btinternet.com

The Nominated person responsible for safeguarding in this Society will have up-to-date DBS check and reputable safeguarding training.

This policy applies to the board of directors, volunteers or anyone working on behalf of the RVCBS.

The Redlake Valley Community Benefit Society is serious in its intent to protect and safeguard the welfare of children* who engage in activities and /or volunteer for the Society. The Society shareholders seek to create a caring, open and consistent environment in which children can explore and learn together in safety. The Society will treat all children as individuals and with equal concern.

All children who engage with the Society will always be accompanied by adults who are responsible for them whether school staff or parents/carers etc.

The Society’s shareholders and other volunteers make the following commitments to prevent all forms of abuse of children when involved in Society activities:

  1. To stand by the NSPCC guidelines for community groups engaging with children:

NSPCC (2017) NSPCC safeguarding standards and guidance for the voluntary and community sector: children, young people and young adults aged 0-25 (England). London: NSPCC.

  1. To safeguard and care for children (and their accompanying adult carers) who engage with the Society through woodland activities, events, meetings, walks organised by the Society.
  2. Where applicable** ask Society shareholders and other volunteers, who initiate, co-ordinate and have overall responsibility for activities, which involve their contact with children, to train to understand the needs of children, by enrolling on reputable online safeguarding courses. They should also have an up to date DBS certificate.
  3. To respond without delay and with proper confidentiality, to any complaint made, that a child involved in a Society activity may have been harmed or is in significant danger.
  4. To cooperate fully with statutory agencies during any allegations concerning a shareholder who has had abusive contact with children during or as a result of Society activities.
  5. To inform statutory agencies of any suspected criminal offences or concerns the Society is made aware of as a result of a Society’s shareholder who has had abusive contact with a child during or as a result of Society activities.
  6. To take internal measures against any Society shareholder who in the course of Society activities has committed any criminal offence against a child.
  7. To review this policy annually, checking that all procedures and activities involving children are up to date, by reporting to a board meeting.
  8. If applicable, to review annually the Society’s insurance policy for those working with children.

This policy should be read alongside our policies and procedures on:

  • Code of conduct for volunteers
  • Health and Safety
  • Lone working

*The term ‘children’ covers all children, young people up to the age of 18 and vulnerable adults.

**It leaves the Society discretion when planning activities involving children/vulnerable adults on whether training and DBS checks should be applied. The RVCBS maintains that in a legal sense, the nature of our activities is not ‘Regulated’.

A great deal of guidance on what constitutes Regulated activity exists, but the best arbiter appears to be a Department of Education Guidance Note on the subject which states that the supervision or instruction of children only becomes regulated if “carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more often), or on 4 or more days in a 30-day period, or overnight”.

The guidance can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/550197/Regulated_activity_in_relation_to_children.pdf

Signed…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…Chairman RVCBS

Signed ……………………………………………. Nominated Board member responsible for safeguarding policy.

This policy was last reviewed on ………………………………………………………………………(date)