Safeguarding Policy Statement

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Safeguarding Policy Statement - 2018

Avon Wildlife Trust and its subsidiaries acknowledge their duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and is committed to ensuring its safeguarding practices reflects statutory responsibilities; government guidance and best practice within the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children, young people and adults at risk are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background, all children, young people and adults at risk: -


• have a positive and enjoyable experience during participation in our activities, events, learning and engagement with nature and wildlife, in a safe, person-centred environment.
• are protected from abuse whilst participating in the activities, events, learning and engagement opportunities provided by Avon Wildlife Trust and its subsidiaries.

Avon Wildlife Trust acknowledges that some children, young people and vulnerable adults, including those with disabilities, can be at risk of neglect, abuse or exploitation and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare should staff suspect they are victims or ‘at risk’.

As part of our Safeguarding policy Avon Wildlife Trust will: -

• promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk;
• ensure all staff understand their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate training opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children, young people and adults at risk;
• ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the internal Nominated Safeguarding Officer, who raise or disclose the concern
• ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
• prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals through robust selection and recruitment processes and appropriate level of government Disclosure & Barring checks;
• ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation and regularly reviewed.

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in the events, activities, learning and engagement opportunities provided by Avon Wildlife Trust and its subsidiaries.

The policy will be kept under annual review or in the following circumstances: -
• changes in legislation and/or government guidance
• as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board
• Due to any other significant change or event.

Ian Barrett - Chief Executive Officer