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VCSE Safeguarding Newsletter October 2021

Published at 9:13 am Thu Oct 14th, 2021

Welcome to the first of our new VCSE Safeguarding Newsletter - Gary Truran, VCSE Safeguarding Practitioner Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

Following on from my introductory email it is my intention to use this bulletin to keep you informed of:

  • Safeguarding issues and developments, both locally and nationally
  • Provide information, support and advice that will help organisations fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities and obligations creating a safe and welcoming environment, where everyone is respected and valued -the heart of safeguarding
  • Providing you with the relevant and real training to make sure your organisation is run in a way that actively prevents harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect
  • Ensuring that you are ready to respond safely and well if there is a problem
  • Raising awareness and the importance that EVERYONE in any organisation has a role to play in safeguarding seeing it as part of our day-to-day activities

Every organisation that delivers charitable/voluntary activities has a duty to safeguard volunteers, staff members, participants and donors.

Five reasons to do Safeguarding well

  • Abuse, harassment and harm can happen to anyone – people we work with, staff or volunteers. It’s not always visible and often not spoken about
  • Abuse, harm and neglect are wrong. We have a duty to do something about it
  • When everyone understands safeguarding and their right to be safe, people who have nowhere else to turn are protected
  • An organisation that does safeguarding well is an organisation that is trusted
  • The Charity Commission expects every charity to make safeguarding a priority

National Adult Safeguarding Week 15-21 November

The Anne Craft Trust National Adult Safeguarding week will run from the 15 – 19 November 2021. The aim of the week is:

  • To highlight safeguarding key issues
  • Facilitate conversations
  • To raise awareness of safeguarding best practice. So, we can all be better together

The theme for the week is ‘Creating Safer Cultures’ and in the lead up to this week I will be sharing steps/procedures that you will be able to adapt/use to make all our organisations a safer place to be for everyone. 

To launch this, I recommend that you watch, and then share the following video link with as many people within your organisation as possible to raise the awareness and promote the importance of safeguarding, reinforcing – Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility

Video - What is Safeguarding? Ann Craft Trust

Please display this poster all around your organisation to advertise the forthcoming week and to act as a reminder that Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility. 

VCSE Safeguarding Training September to December 2021

We have some fantastic opportunities for all organisations to participate in FREE Safeguarding Training – These are currently virtual and will operate via Teams or Zoom. If you or anyone within your organisation would like to attend, please email hnf-tr.vcssafeguarding@nhs.net with the title of the course you wish attend, your name, contact details and the name of the organisation you are representing.

I strongly recommend that as many people within your organisations as possible attend these sessions, not just your Safeguarding Lead.

20th October 10.00 - 11.00 - Safeguarding/Q and A briefing session

21st October 10.00 – 12.00 - Two Hour Workshop Case Study review

29th October 9.30-3.30 - Safeguarding Children and Adults

4th November 9.30-12.30 - Introduction to Safeguarding

22nd November 9.30-12.30 - Designated Safeguarding Adults Lead

22nd November 2.00 – 4.00 - Two Hour Workshop Case Study Review

13th December 9.30-12.20 - Policy and Procedure Workshop

13th December 2.00 – 3.00 - Safeguarding briefing/Q and A session

This month’s Top Tips for Sharing Safeguarding Good Practice

1. RECOGNISE – Know what to look for so you can recognise the signs of abuse. Make

sure all staff are thoroughly trained/informed in safeguarding.

2. RECORD – Make sure all concerns are clearly recorded.

3. REPORT – Make sure everyone knows who to report to. Ensure there is a clearly

defined internal safeguarding alert process and a member of staff designated as a

safeguarding lead.

4. REFER – Always refer safeguarding alerts promptly following the correct procedure.

Know who to report to and where to get help from the local safeguarding authority.

Safeguarding Queries/Questions/Support

Should you have any safeguarding queries or questions or would like my support with anything to do with making your organisation a safer place for everyone, then please do not hesitate to contact me on htf-tr.vcssafeguarding@nhs.net.

Gary Truran, VCSE Safeguarding Practitioner

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