Safeguarding is an important issue and we at Revo Seccus take it seriously our responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of our young people (beneficiaries) staff, Trustees and expert partners. We also believe it is important to verify that appropriate policies and procedures are in place and actively managed by organisations we partner or deliver with us, in advance of delivering to young people.
As a responsible youth organisation who delivers and coordinates youth programs and strategies, we believe we have a role to play in supporting good practice and legal compliance for safeguarding across the youth and voluntary sector. While we ask partners to formally verify that they have safeguarding policies in place, we are not a regulator nor can we provide advice on safeguarding procedures and policies as this is a specialist area of expertise.
For our staff and Trustees:
- staff training for personal safety while at work and especially when conducting visits and delivery of workshops or youth programs
- processes in place to ensure young people’s and staff’s safety and well-being when delivering (especially when late travel or when residential overnight stays are required)
- our staff cannot be left unaccompanied at any time with children, if they do not have an enhanced DBS when delivering to young people
- safe recruitment, selection and vetting for individuals working with Revo Seccus
- our safeguarding policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Trustees and also as needed following such things as revised legislation
For our applicants and grant holders:
We constantly strive to strike a balance between requesting sufficient information to be a responsible youth delivery service and thoughtful deliverer with not over-burdening with unnecessary demands. We believe, however, that we have a responsibility to ensure parents, guardians and young people can verify they have safeguarding practices in place that are in line with current legislation and include training, policies and procedures that are proportionate and relevant to each workshop or delivery partners activities, agreed by the trustees or governing body and reviewed on a regular basis.
Given the breadth of charitable organisations that apply and deliver for us, we do not assume that all approaches to safeguarding will be the same; however, we do expect that they are up-to-date, actively monitored and explicitly relevant to the delivering charity’s or organisations work and the beneficiary groups being supported. This common-sense approach means the safeguarding processes we might expect working directly with vulnerable young people may be different from those we expect of an organisation providing workshops for young people ahead of their field for support.
We would generally expect safeguarding policies and procedures to include:
- a statement outlining an organisation’s commitment to safeguarding and protecting children at risk
- specific safeguarding and protection procedures to address the risk areas inherent in a charity/ organisation’s work and in relation to the beneficiaries of your organisation
- clarity/ organisations on who is responsible for safeguarding
- a clear process for staff to report concerns, disclosures and for whistleblowing
- clarity on what happens if someone does not uphold the charity/ organisation’s policy or procedures
- a regular (usually annual) review of the policy and procedures to ensure they remain up to date with risks, good practice and changes in legislation
If we receive an allegation in good faith or identify an issue ourselves through our interaction with a charity / organisation, and we believe that children, young people, or vulnerable young adults may be at risk, we will contact the appropriate leadership of the organisation or, if necessary, may aler