The Disability Connect Mentoring Scheme is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all adults that we work with. It applies to all members of staff and anyone working on behalf of the Disability Connect Mentoring Scheme. The Disability Connect Mentoring Scheme does not work or come into contact with individuals under 18 years old. This policy is the Safeguarding Policy for the Disability Connect Mentoring Scheme which will be used to ensure that:
Principles upon which the Safeguarding Policy is based;
What do we mean by safeguarding?
The Care Act 2014 put the safeguarding of adults on a statutory footing. Safeguarding is defined as “Protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect” (Care and support statutory guidance, chapter 14 Safeguarding) . Adult safeguarding is about preventing and responding to concerns of abuse, harm or neglect of adults at risk.
Where is this policy available?
Stage 1 – identifying an incident or concern
All stakeholders have a responsibility to be mindful and aware of adult safeguarding issues. It is not the stakeholder’s responsibility to decide whether the safeguarding incident requires investigation or further action, but each stakeholder has a responsibility to act on any concerns through escalating the matter as set out in this policy. Abuse could happen anywhere in a physical place or in an online environment.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of the main types of abuse that all stakeholders should be aware of. Further information about possible signs and symptoms can be found online by visiting the NHS webpage on safeguarding or the Social Care Institute of Excellence webpages on safeguarding.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of issues or incidents which require escalation in accordance with this policy:
Stage 2. Consulting about your concern
In the event of becoming aware of a potential adult safeguarding issue, the stakeholder must take the following steps:
Review of Adult Safeguarding Policy
This policy will be reviewed on an on-going basis, but at least once a year, and suitable amendments will be made to the plan as required.