Faith in Kids is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone including all our churches, members, supporters, staff, volunteers and their families and households. We fully adopt the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (https://www.un.org/en/universal- declaration-human-rights/) and the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child (https://www.unicef.org/child-rights-convention)
To support this commitment Faith in Kids will:-
- Promote a safer environment and culture
- Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility related to children and
adults at risk within Faith in Kids
- Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
- Offer appropriate support to victims and survivors of abuse and other affected
- Offer appropriate support to those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of
abuse and other affected persons.
- Respond to those that may pose a present risk to others.
- Refer safeguarding concerns, where appropriate, to statutory authorities
Recognising safeguarding and the need to protect
Faith in Kids recognises that all children and adults are at risk of abuse or harm. We recognise that those who suffer or are at risk of suffering abuse or harm require protection from this and that they may require direct support from Faith in Kids in accessing such protection. Faith in Kids is committed to ensuring that our organisation, staff and volunteers are equipped to recognise safeguarding concerns and respond appropriately to them.
Commitment to safeguarding policies and procedures
Faith in Kids has produced this Safeguarding Policy which outlines our ethos and commitment towards safeguarding. This policy will be reviewed annually by the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Faith in Kids is committed to a comprehensive audit of it’s safeguarding policy and procedures by the Faith in Kids Risk & Compliance committee every three years.
Commitment to safeguarding staffing and representation
Faith in Kids demonstrated its commitment to safeguarding by appointing a Designated Safeguarding Lead. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is currently the Operations Director who can be contacted by email . Faith in Kids also has a Risk & Compliance committee that meets to ensure compliance with legislative and best practices. Faith in Kids also receives safeguarding support and training from . The Designated Safeguarding Lead reports to the Ministry Director and Trustees of Faith in Kids. All staff know who the Designated Safeguarding Lead is and how to report concerns to them.
Commitment to safeguarding training and development
Training and professional development is central to Faith in Kids’s safeguarding commitment with the provision of regular training. All new employees will complete safeguarding training as part of their induction. Thereafter all employees will complete annual refresher safeguarding training. Faith in Kids is committed to the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead and provides training at a higher level for these roles including external training as appropriate.
Recording and record keeping
Faith in Kids understands the importance of recording safeguarding incidents and concerns clearly and confidentially and this forms part of all employees and volunteers safeguarding training. The Designated Safeguarding Lead will create an entry in the Faith in Kids safeguarding log, which forms part of the Risk Register. Faith in Kids recognises the need for confidential records only essential employees have access to these logs.
Faith in Kids has a commitment to ensuring that unsuitable applicants are deterred from applying for posts within Faith in Kids and in ensuring that they are identified and rejected if they do so. The Designated Safeguarding Lead will decide which roles/posts require DBS checks. Faith in Kids believes that Safer Recruitment Training is vital as part of our safeguarding. Our recruitment staff have completed Safer Recruitment training and all staff involved in recruitment at Faith in Kids will be expected to complete training.
Support for all beneficiaries and their families
Faith in Kids is committed to providing appropriate support for all Faith in Kids beneficiaries and their families. Safeguarding training for all staff and advice/support from the Designated Safeguarding Lead ensures that Faith in Kids staff are equipped to do this. Faith in Kids understands the importance of people who have suffered abuse or are at risk of this, receiving the best support and advice possible. Faith in Kids recognises that there are a range of statutory and voluntary agencies who specialise in supporting people with different issues. Faith in Kids aims to support people in accessing these services in order to meet their needs.
Faith in Kids recognises its statutory safeguarding duties and the priority that must be given to safeguarding concerns. Faith in Kids will always seek to work with beneficiaries and their families sensitively, respectfully and representative of our faith whilst ensuring that these statutory duties are met and that all adults and children who have suffered or are at risk of abuse are protected.
Faith in Kids recognises that it has a duty to respond to people who may pose a risk to children and/or adults at risk. Faith in Kids will always work professionally and sensitively with people who may pose a risk whilst ensuring that safeguarding policies and procedures are followed. Faith in Kids will liaise and work with statutory authorities in addressing risks that are identified in these situations.