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