Safeguarding Policy

Hope Outreach UK - commitment to safeguarding

Hope Outreach is committed to safeguarding children and to working in partnership with children, their families and local safeguarding agencies. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility within Hope Outreach UK.

The purpose of this statement is to set out policy, and guidance, which must be complied with by everyone who is working for Hope Outreach UK in paid or voluntary capacity.

Hope Outreach UK duties to safeguarding include a commitment to:

  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of children with whom we work
  • Give advice and support within the legislative framework and jurisdiction of the host country within which we work
  • Make provision within the limited resources available to Hope Outreach UK in supporting children and their families

 

A rights based approach

All users of our service have rights that are enshrined within the Convention for the protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950 (incorporated into UK domestic legislation by the Human Rights Act 1998) these include;

  • The right to life [article 2]
  • The right to freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment [article 3]
  • The right to respect for private and family life [article 8]
  • The right to freedom from discrimination [article 14]

In all work undertaken on behalf of Hope Outreach UK, either by employees or volunteers, care must be taken not to inappropriately restrict the human rights of children and adults with whom we work. In all actions the following questions need to be satisfied;

  • Is it lawful?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Is it appropriate?

Hope Outreach UK aims to actively promote the rights of all children it encounters to ensure that our services are inclusive and respectful of their individual needs.

The promotion of children’s rights is key to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and safeguarding cannot be fully effective unless there is consideration of the child’s perspective and unless children are expected to participate in the processes that relate to them

 

Promoting equality and diversity

This commitment is core to meeting Hope Outreach UK’s aims to safeguarding all the children with whom we work.  Safeguarding cannot be fully effective unless issues of equality and diversity are actively addressed.

Hope Outreach UK’s commitment is that no service user should have a different experience in their receipt of service because of their race, culture, language, disability, religion, or any other diversity issue.

All children without exception have the right to protection from abuse regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability or beliefs.

 

Designated person of safeguarding

Hope Outreach UK has a named designated person of safeguarding in all its outreach work who will work with relevant agencies and cooperate as required with enquiries regarding child protection.

Hope Outreach UK will maintain records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately.

Hope Outreach UK is committed to ensure safe recruitment, selection and vetting practices are followed for those that work with children and vulnerable adults.

 

September 2010