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Safeguarding Policy and Procedure

Policy statement 

This policy and procedure is written to enable the committee to address issues where there are safeguarding concerns. Safeguarding includes incidents between members, concerns regarding abuse or neglect that a U3A member may be experiencing outside of the u3a, health related issues or previous or pending criminal convictions. 

West Pennine Villages u3a committee has a duty of care to its members but does not hold any statutory authority. Matters of concern will be reported to the relevant safeguarding authorities and charity regulatory authorities, as appropriate West Pennine Villages u3a recognises that some people are potentially at risk of abuse and neglect. Where abuse or neglect is suspected West Pennine Villages u3a will aim to respond in a prompt and efficient manner to any situation where there is a risk of or perceived risk of harm. West Pennine Villages u3a recognises that there are various forms of abuse which can be perpetrated by volunteers, members, relatives, friends and neighbours. West Pennine Villages u3a will neither condone nor tolerate any form of abuse or neglect and believes that all people should be able and, where necessary, enabled to live in an environment which is safe and free from harm.

It is not appropriate for West Pennine Villages u3a to take the lead role in any Safeguarding Enquiry under Section 42 of the Care Act 2014. Where there are serious concerns regarding abuse or neglect West Pennine Villages u3a committee will seek advice and support from the Trust, where possible, and will contact the relevant statutory authorities, as needed. West Pennine Villages u3a will monitor the implementation of this policy and procedure annually through its committee. 

In following the safeguarding procedure West Pennine Villages u3a will strive to uphold the principles that those involved in incidents are entitled to:

West Pennine Villages u3a will also follow the principles enshrined within the Care Act 2014:

1. Procedure

West Pennine Villages U3A has a responsibility to ensure that its committee members and group convenors understand their safeguarding responsibilities.

Depending on the nature of the allegation and the identified risk, West Pennine Villages U3A will support the alleged victims and the alleged perpetrators of any abuse as well as any volunteer who becomes aware of an allegation in so far as this does not compromise any safeguarding enquiry or investigation into the allegation or place other adults at risk.

West Pennine Villages U3A will make every effort to respect the confidentiality of any information that is disclosed under this policy and procedure, however due to the seriousness of allegations confidentiality is not absolute. Information will be recorded and stored securely in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 but information may have to be shared, on a ‘need-to-know’ basis only, to prevent:

1.1 Courses of action

2. Dealing with Disclosure

If someone discloses a safeguarding concern to you:

2.1 Do

2.2 Do not

2.3 Record of disclosure

In your record of the disclosure you should aim to:

3 Key Definitions

3.1 Adult at risk 

is any person, who is over 18 years of age and who has need for care and support, is experiencing, or is at risk of abuse or neglect, and as a result of those needs  is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or risk of it.

3.2 Abuse

is the “violation of a person’s human and civil rights by any other person(s). It may be a single or repeated act(s), physical verbal, psychological, sexual, institutional, discriminatory or financial, an act of neglect or failure to act”

3.3 Types of abuse

  1. Recommended agencies:

4 Recommended agencies:

This policy was adopted 18/01/23

Signed West Pennine Villages u3a Chair

Date approved18/01/2023Date of review
ReviewerDate of next review01/11/2024

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