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This week we have seen charities and safeguarding come under the spotlight.

Safeguarding issues can happen in any organisation, and it's important to deal with any issues following policies and procedures and seek appropriate support if an incident has occurred. The public want transparency, they want incidents to be 'nipped in the bud' and for the needs of young  people or adults at risk to be put before the reputation of the organisation.

Trustees need to be mindful that they are ultimately responsible for safeguarding in their organisation. The Charity Commission has recently updated its strategy on safeguarding in charities, you can read the updated strategy here.

Support from Salford CVS

Salford CVS have a dedicated Safeguarding Development Worker, Steve Westhead, who you can contact on 0161 787 7795 Ext 220 or email  steve.westhead@salfordcvs.co.uk

We provide regular Child Protection and Adult  Safeguarding courses these run throughout the year check the Salford CVS events feed.

We will also provide safeguarding training for trustees and other bespoke safeguarding training to meet individual organisation's needs, contact Steve for an initial discussion.

We can also support organisations complete the Salford Safeguarding Standards - these can be used as a 'health check' to self-assess and improve your organisations safeguarding policies, procedures and arrangements. Check out our safeguarding pages to find out more.

Key Salford Contacts

If you are worried or concerned about a child or young person.

You can now simply fill out an online form at www.salford.gov.uk/bridgereferral

The Bridge Partnership can be contacted by telephone on 0161 603 4500.

If a child is in immediate danger of being harmed or is home alone call the police on 999.

Concerns about an adult working or volunteering with Children

A referral should be made to the LADO if there is information that suggests a member of  Staff or a Volunteer has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed  a child, or may have harmed a child:
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against, or related to, a child:
  • or behaved towards a child/children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.

The LADO should be consulted within one working day of any allegation that meets the criteria above. The contact number for the LADO is 0161 603 4328.

Contacts Adult Safeguarding

Reporting line: 0161 909 6517

From 8.30am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday

Email: worriedaboutanadult@salford.gov.uk

Salford Social Services Emergency Duty Team (out of hours)

Telephone: 0161 794 8888 (4.30pm to 8.00am weekdays and 24 hours over weekends and bank holidays)

Salford Adult Safeguarding unit

Telephone: 0161 686 7200

Social services telephone numbers for older people, disabled people and people with mental health problems.

Oxfam and Haiti: next steps for charities - blog from NCVO

At NCVO, we believe that the world is changed for good by charities. We also recognise that doing good is, on its own, not enough. How we deliver our work is just as important. We are rooted in the values of social justice and as such we are held to the highest levels of scrutiny and accountability. Sometimes, charities need to change. In light of the coverage of Oxfam in recent days, we have begun to reflect on the implications and next steps for charities more generally.

Actions that do not represent the values of Oxfam or charities more broadly

It’s clear from the headlines over the last few days that the people that charities were meant to have helped were let down, badly. As Oxfam’s leaders have themselves said, there are no excuses whatsoever for the crimes that people committed while working under the name of Oxfam. Such actions do not fit with Oxfam’s values, or those of the charities in general.

That is a given. If victims and our beneficiaries are to be at the heart of what we do, the apologies made by Oxfam’s leadership at the GB and internationalorganisations are the starting point of what needs to happen next. It is to what happens next, and the widening implications of this crisis, that I want to explore now.

Read in full here.

Oxfam and Haiti: next steps for charities (part II) - blog from NCVO

It is now a week since The Times first reported on Oxfam’s work in Haiti. Last weekend, we set out our early thoughts on the implications. These still feel very much relevant – and this post is ‘part II’, based upon our interactions with the public, media, regulators and colleagues in the sector, including those at Oxfam. Please also read my first post for practical help and links on safeguarding and whistleblowing.

Safeguarding, safeguarding, safeguarding

Much of the media coverage and public debate is about Oxfam: its leadership and governance, effectiveness and ways of working. I fear that in our rush to defend people and organisations who we know want to (and mostly) do good, we are sometimes lose sight of what is at the core of the story: protecting people in vulnerable situations. Our focus has to be on strengthening safeguarding, both directly in terms of safeguarding procedures and culture, including whistleblowing, and indirectly through strengthening transparency and accountability.

Read in full here.


 

Salford CVS
Author: 
Alison Jones, Development Worker

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