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SAFEGUARDING POLICY

In this policy:

 

Our Definitions:

  • “The 401 Foundation” or “we”, “our” means The 401 Foundation.

  • The 401 Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (1175605), as well as a registered company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (10688031). Our registered office address is The 401 Foundation, 9 Biscay Drive, Portishead, North Somerset, BS20 7GY

  • “Website” means any website under the ownership or control of The 401 Foundation from which a link has been created to these terms and conditions and all related domain and microsites;

  • “Material” means all of the information, data, text, graphics, links, or computer code or other material published on, contained or available on the Website; and

  • “Privacy Policy” means our Privacy Policy.

 

Introduction: 

 

This policy applies to The 401 Foundation and any subsidiary company under its control. 

 

The 401 Foundation is a charity that aims to build a brighter, more compassionate future where everyone can easily access the mental health support they need.

The 401 Foundation recognises that the welfare of all individuals is paramount, that all beneficiaries of the services provided by the charity as well as employees and volunteers regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have a right to equal protection from all types of abuse, harm or discrimination. We acknowledge that some individuals are more vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, and a variety of additional and special needs.

 

Purpose:

  • To protect the adults, children and young people who engage with the services offered by The 401 Foundation.

  • To provide staff and volunteers with the core principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and the protection of children and vulnerable adults. 

 

The 401 Foundation believes that no child, young person or vulnerable adult should ever experience abuse of any kind. We take very seriously our responsibility to promote the welfare of all the individuals and groups that we work with. The charity is totally committed to practise in a way that protects them.

Legislation that informs this policy and cross-references to other 401 Foundation policies:

 

Pertinent codes of practice and several important Acts of Parliament were taken into account when this policy was produced. These include the following:

This policy should be read in conjunction with our policies/procedures on:

 

  • Recruitment, induction and training

  • Dealing with disclosures about a child, young person or vulnerable adult

  • Role of the designated safeguarding officer

  • Managing allegations against any member of the 401 Foundation team

  • GDPR guidance

  • Disclosure and Barring Service policy

  • Anti-bullying

  • Health and safety 

 

Responsibilities:

 

We will do all in our power to keep our beneficiaries safe by:

 

  • Appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer as well as a lead Board member for safeguarding issues.

  • Ensuring that the code of conduct for staff and volunteers promotes child protection and safeguarding practices.

  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely by ensuring that all the necessary checks are undertaken in line with the Disclosure and Barring (DBS) procedures.

  • Related to the previous point, depending on their roles employees and volunteers will be required to undergo a standard or enhanced DBS check.

  • Providing effective management of staff via supervision, support and training.

  • Ensuring that we have created an anti-bullying ethos and environment, and one that deals with any issues that arise quickly and effectively

  • Recording and storing safeguarding information securely adhering to all current data protection procedure 

 

Monitoring and review: 

 

The 401 Foundation is committed to reviewing this policy and the practice associated with it every three years, or sooner if we identify any noncompliance or issue in the light of emerging legislation or best practice that could impact on this policy. Date of last review was 2nd January 2024.

 

Contact us:

  • If you have any questions regarding this policy you can email us at support@the401foundation.co.uk.

  • If you would rather send us a letter, please send for attention of The 401 Foundation, 9 Biscay Drive, Portishead, North Somerset, BS20 7GY

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