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Safeguarding Policy


The Big Life group believes that it is always unacceptable for children and adults to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and adults, by a commitment to a practice which protects them.   The aim of this policy is to ensure that the Big Life group safeguard the welfare of children and adults by:

  • Providing a safe environment for children and adults
  • Indicating that abuse will be taken seriously and acted upon
  • Identifying children or adults who are suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm
  • Stopping abuse and neglect wherever possible
  • Ensuring that the safety and best interests of a child or adult always comes first
  • Clearly outlining risk factors associated with abuse, enabling individuals to identify where abuse is happening
  • Minimising the risk of unsuitable people working with children or vulnerable adults
  • Raising awareness about what abuse is, how to stay safe and how to raise a concern about the welfare, safety or wellbeing of a child or adult.
  • Promoting safe practice and challenging poor and unsafe practice
  • Working in partnership with statutory agencies, following local procedures to safeguard vulnerable adults and children.
  • Providing a clear framework for action wherever abuse is suspected, setting out how an investigation should be undertaken and the responsibilities of key individuals involved

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Coronavirus update

In light of the current situation, we are making changes to the way we deliver services at the moment. One-to-one appointments that would normally be delivered face-to-face will now take place over the phone or through video call. There is no need to call us to confirm – your regular point of contact will call you at the time your appointment was scheduled.

We are also no longer holding groups inside. We’re currently arranging alternatives where possible through considering walking or virtual groups. Please contact your group facilitator, or the centre where the group runs from, for more information.

If you’re worried, think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus or want further information, see the latest advice from Public Health England.

Finally, if you’re struggling through self-isolation, please don’t feel alone. There are local community groups being created all over the country, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can call our community centres in your local area, which you can find here.