Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. The Charity for Civil Servants has a duty of care to safeguard people we help, people who support us and volunteer with us, staff and Trustees. We have a responsibility to safeguard children (under the age of 18) and vulnerable adults. Vulnerable can refer to the situation someone is in, or refer to a lack of mental capacity, mental or physical frailty, for example an inability to communicate, dementia or mobility impairment.
A safeguarding issue can arise in any setting and can be immediate concern or an allegation about something happening now, in the past or in the future. It can be one incident or a series of incidents.
We have a policy, procedures, information and training so that all staff and volunteers can identify and respond appropriately to safeguarding concerns, reporting to relevant agencies such as the police or local authority safeguarding bodies. The policy also refers to other policies, for example whistleblowing.
The Board of Trustees approves the Safeguarding Policy and has oversight of The Charity’s duty of care which includes ensuring the necessary steps to safeguard those at risk from abuse are clearly documented, managing risk and protecting the reputation of the charity.
The Board delegates a lead for safeguarding in the Charity. The Director of Help, Advice and Services is the current lead.
A safeguarding response group responds to incident reports, reviews policy and best practice and procedures. This group consists of Charity staff, including a nominated Chair and representatives from the organisation at all levels. An annual update and report is submitted to the Board. All serious incidents are reported to the Board of Trustees as they occur and we notify The Charity Commission of any serious incident.
The scope of safeguarding covers the types of abuse as defined in The Care Act 2014, that is:
- Physical abuse
- Domestic violence
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Financial or material abuse
- Modern slavery
- Discriminatory abuse
- Organisational abuse
- Neglect and acts of omission
Policy last reviewed: 5 October 2021