IPSEA Safeguarding and Information Sharing for Staff, Volunteers and Parent/Carers

IPSEA acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and local authority requirements.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances.

IPSEA acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.  

As part of our safeguarding policy IPSEA will

  • Promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
  • Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
  • Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
  • Prevent the employment/deployment ( paid or voluntary)  of unsuitable individuals
  • Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in IPSEA. 

 

Information for Parents/Carers

Information sharing is an important aspect of safeguarding.

We know you will all support us in wanting to keep children and young people safe.

When children are suffering or may be at risk of suffering significant harm, concerns must always be shared with the police or children’s social care.

IPSEA has a general duty to share information with other agencies where there are feared safeguarding concerns. We will seek consent directly from parents/carers on a case by case basis, however the duty of care overrides this, as the safety of the child is paramount.

Seeking consent is not required, if to do so would

  • Place a person at increased risk of harm
  • Prejudice the prevention, detection or prosecution of a serious crime
  • Lead to an unjustifiable delay in making enquiries

IPSEA believes that it is good practice to work in partnership with parent/carers and other organsiations and will always endeavour to gain consent when possible.

 

Action for staff and volunteers if you suspect a safeguarding issue

Please request a logging concern form from the central admin team or the designated safeguarding officer Jo Voce. This will then be actioned, added to a central logging sheet and reviewed by the trustees.

For more information and detail on our Safeguarding Policy and to access the logging concern form,  please contact Jvoce@ipsea.org.uk or admin@ipsea.org.uk

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