Safeguarding Policy 2020
(Created December 2019. To be reviewed December 2020.)

In the case of immediate danger to life, refer to emergency services (999) for further advice.

Safeguarding concerns or queries should initially be raised as soon as possible with Safeguarding Lead, Dr Joanne McCormack (email: joannemccormack [at] nhs.net or phone: 07947137640), and with director of the Public Health Collaboration, Sam Feltham (email: info [at] phcuk.org or phone: 07734944349). Additionally, safeguarding concerns or queries should also be reported to the Local Authority Safeguarding Team.

As a charity, we recognise our part in the wider role of safeguarding adults & children and promoting welfare. Successful safeguarding depends on effective joint working between ourselves and other agencies, organisations and professionals in a range of roles and with different expertise.

Adults classed as vulnerable may be deemed at higher risk of abuse or harm due to:

  • a need for further care and support to be provided by others, for activities such as personal care;
  • communication difficulties, including language barriers;
  • physical health difficulties including problems with independent mobility;
  • cognitive impairment including difficulty processing

 

Abuse can take many forms, including:

  • physical (including sexual)
  • psychological
  • exploitation
  • financial
  • neglect and acts of omission
  • discriminatory organisational
  • modern slavery.

 

We acknowledge that the PHC, as one of these agencies, should:

  • be alert to potential indicators of abuse or neglect and the risks possible to vulnerable people;
  • contribute to whatever actions are needed to safeguard and promote the individual’s welfare;
  • work co-operatively with the individuals and their support networks to ensure their safety;
  • be aware of how to identify and report concerns of individuals at risk of harm.

 

During our activities, we agree to:

  • take seriously the welfare of all participants involved;
  • ensure everyone is welcomed into a safe, caring and positive environment with a happy and friendly
    atmosphere;
  • take responsibility to prevent the neglect or abuse of any participants and report any issues suspected
    or discovered to the appropriate authorities.

 

Ambassadors acknowledge that:

  • the welfare of our participants is our priority;
  • communication and behaviour should be open and transparent;
  • we treat all participants in the same welcoming, friendly and non-discriminatory manner;
  • we have an awareness of our personal behaviour;
  • safeguarding issues can come from anywhere and anyone, including those inside the PHC.

If you have a safeguarding issue regarding Public Health Collaboration, please get in touch immediately.