Policies of Cohesive Society
Updated: Oct 26, 2022
Cohesive Society abides by the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and is committed to safeguarding practice that reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice requirements.
• We recognise the welfare of children/adults at risk is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take
• All children/adults at risk, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation has an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
• Some children/adults at risk are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
• Working in partnership with children and adults at risk, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting people’s welfare.
Cohesive Society will:
• Protect children/adults at risk who receive Cohesive Society's services from harm. This includes the children/adult at risk of adults who use our services
• Provide staff and volunteers, as well as children and adults at risk and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Cohesive Society, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students. Failure to comply with the policy and related procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusionfrom the organisation.
The Children Act 1989 definition of a child is: anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday, even if they are living independently, are a member of the armed forces or is in hospital.
Adult at Risk:
• An adult who has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting any of those needs),
• is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and
• as a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.
Child and Adult Abuse: Children and adults may be vulnerable to neglect and abuse or exploitation from within their family and from individuals they come across in their daily lives. There are 4 main categories of abuse, which are: sexual, physical, emotional abuse, and neglect. It is important to be aware of more specific types of abuse that fall within these categories, they are:
• Bullying and cyberbullying
• Child sexual exploitation
• Child Criminal exploitation
• Child trafficking
• Domestic abuse
• Female genital mutilation
• Historical abuse
• Online abuse
Safeguarding children/adult at risk: Safeguarding children and adults at risk is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 as:
• protecting children/adults at risk from maltreatment.
• preventing impairment of children/adult at risk’s health or development.
• ensuring that children/adult at risk are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
• taking action to enable all children/adults at risk to have the best outcomes.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children/adult at risk in England. A summary of the key legislation is available from nspcc.org.uk/learning.
The Prevent duty
Some organisations in England, Scotland and Wales have a duty, as a specified authority under section 26 of the Counterterrorism and Security Act 2015, to identify vulnerable children/adult at risk and young people and prevent them from being drawn into terrorism. This is known as the Prevent duty. These organisations include:
• Registered childcare providers
• Local authorities
• Prisons and probation services
• NHS trusts and foundations.
• Other organisations may also have Prevent duties if they perform delegated local authority functions
Children/adult at risk can be exposed to different views and receive information from various sources. Some of these views may be considered radical or extreme.
Radicalisation is the process through which a person comes to support or be involved in extremist ideologies. It can result in a person becoming drawn into terrorism and is in itself a form of harm.
Extremism is vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Training and Awareness:
Cohesive Society will ensure an appropriate level of safeguarding training is available to its Trustees, Employees, Volunteers and any relevant persons linked to the organisation who requires it (e.g. contractors).
For all employees who are working or volunteering with children/adult at risk, this requires them as a minimum to have awareness training that enables them to:
• Understand what safeguarding is and their role in safeguarding children/adult at risk.
• Recognise a child/adult at risk potentially in need of safeguarding and take action.
• Understand how to report a safeguarding Alert.
• Understand dignity and respect when working with children/adult at risk.
• Have knowledge of the Safeguarding Children/adult at risk Policy.
Similarly, employees and volunteers may encounter concerns about the safety and wellbeing of an adult at risk of abuse.
Confidentiality and Information Sharing:
Cohesive Society expects all employees, volunteers and trustees to maintain confidentiality. Information will only be shared in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection.
However, information should be shared with the Local Authority if a child is deemed to be at risk of harm or contact the police if they are in immediate danger, or a crime has been committed.
Recording and Record Keeping:
A written record must be kept about any concern regarding a child or adult with safeguarding needs. This must include details of the person involved, the nature of the concern and the actions taken, decision made and why they were made.
All records must be signed and dated. All records must be securely and confidentially stored in line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
Safe Recruitment & Selection:
Cohesive Society is committed to safe employment and safe recruitment practices, that reduce the risk of harm to children/adults at risk from people unsuitable to work with them or have contact with them.
Cohesive Society has policies and procedures that that cover the recruitment of all Trustees, employees and volunteers.
All employees and volunteers should be aware of Cohesive Society social media policy and procedures and the code of conduct for behaviour towards the children/adults at riskwe support.
Use of Mobile Phones and other Digital Technology:
All employees, trustees and volunteers should be aware of Cohesive Society policy and procedures regarding the use of mobile phones and any digital technology and understand that it is unlawful to photograph children/adults at risk a without the explicit consent of the person concerned or with parental responsibilities.
It is important that people within Cohesive Society have the confidence to come forward to speak or act if they are unhappy with anything. Whistle blowing occurs when a person raises a concern about dangerous or illegal activity, or any wrong- doing within their organisation. This includes concerns about another employee or volunteer. There is also a requirement by Cohesive Society to protect whistleblowers.
Senior Lead for Safeguarding Name: Shaun Pape Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone number: 07717855719
Deputy Senior Lead for Safeguarding Name: Email address Telephone number
Trustee for Safeguarding Name: Email address: Telephone number:
Police Emergency – 999 Non-emergency – 101
NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000
Issue No: v1.0
Issue Date: September 2021
Review Date: September 2022
No of pages: 5