Dayspring's Leadership Safeguarding Statement

The Leadership of Dayspring recognises the importance of its involvement with children and young people and adults in need of protection and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

The following statement was agreed by the trustees on 9 May 2011 and the core team on 9 May 2011.

Dayspring is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, ensuring their well-being and increasing their enjoyment of our activities.

Specifically:
  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children and young people (those under 18 years of age) and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  • We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.
  • All children and young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.
  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  • We recognise the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this.
  • We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of Dayspring unless they pose a risk to the safety or wellbeing of those we serve.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and vulnerable adults.
We are committed to:
  • Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and good practice recommendations.
  • Respecting the rights of children as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Implementing the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities.
  • Ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.
  • Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
  • Supporting the safeguarding co-ordinators in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and vulnerable adults.
  • Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by Dayspring.
  • Supporting parents and families.
  • Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding of children and young people.
  • Supporting, resourcing, training, monitoring and providing supervision to all those who undertake this work.
  • Supporting all in Dayspring affected by abuse.
  • Adopting and following the ‘Safe and Secure’ safeguarding standards developed by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service.
We recognise:
  • Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a vulnerable adult.
  • Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
  • Where working outside of the UK, concerns will be reported to the appropriate agencies in the country in which we operate, and their procedures followed, and in addition we will report concerns to the leadership of groups with which we partner.
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually.

If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then speak to one of the following who have been approved as safeguarding co-ordinators for Dayspring.

Andy Weeds—Child Safeguarding Coordinator—01249 819434

Julie Owst—Deputy Child Safeguarding Coordinator—01249 811611

Currently Dayspring does not serve vulnerable adults. As this ministry develops, Safeguarding Co-ordinators will be trained and appointed and appropriate procedures put in place

A copy of the full policy is available from the Dayspring Office together with the latest procedures in draft or final form.

A copy of our safeguarding policy will be lodged with Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service by the end of 2009.  Their website is www.ccpas.co.uk.

Signed for the Trustees by Carole West on 9 May 2011

Signed for the Core Team by David Sandberg on 9 May 2011

This Statement is Policy DCT 020 Revision 04 Dated 2 Feb 2016.  The signed controlled copy is held in the Dayspring Office.  To view this contact 01249 812391.