The Soil Association is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and adults at risk of abuse or neglect.
We are committed to ensuring that every individual that has contact with us feels safe and is protected from harm and abuse.
When delivering our services, we aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and adults at risk of abuse or neglect, in the following ways:
- Valuing, listening and respecting their views.
- Devising and implementing procedures to ensure that all within our organisation understand and accept their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and adults at risk.
- Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring that a responsible and robust recruitment process is followed that supports responsible selection decisions and all necessary checks are made to the appropriate level including appropriate DBS (or Disclosure for roles in Scotland) and reference checking.
- Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training to an appropriate level consistent with their job role and its level of involvement with children, and adults at risk, as well as local safeguarding practices.
- Reporting any safeguarding concerns to relevant agencies and involving third parties appropriately.
- Demonstrating our commitment to safeguarding children and young people, and adults at risk, by reviewing good practice and our policies in this area regularly at a senior management level.
- Promoting a culture of openness is promoted within the organisation and efforts are made to ensure staff and volunteers feel able to discuss concerns with their colleagues and line managers.
This policy applies to all those that work on behalf of the Soil Association that has contact with children and young people, and adults at risk. This includes all trustees, employees, workers, volunteers, as well as contractors including self-employed or Ltd companies, temporary workers, agency workers, non-executive Directors.
We are committed to ensuring that all staff and volunteers are aware of their responsibility to be alert to the possibility of abuse and to know what to do if they suspect abuse.
When Soil Association staff are working collaboratively with a setting, such as a school, care or hospital setting, they must and will also ensure that they understand and adhere to the partner/ client’s Safeguarding policies and procedures that apply to the setting.
Safeguarding Policy: Children and Young People
This policy ensures that all of our people understand their duties towards children and young people, and know how to respond appropriately when concerns are raised.Download the full document
Safeguarding Policy: Adults at Risk
This policy ensures that all of our people understand their duties towards adults at risk of abuse or harm, and know how to respond appropriately when concerns are raised.Download the full document