As a therapeutic service, The Haven recognises that it has a duty of care towards children, young people and adults at risk who access its services. The welfare of every person in our care is of the utmost importance. This document applies to all staff and volunteer Advisors assisting with the work of The Haven Pregnancy Counselling Centre, who will be given a copy to read when starting work with The Haven.
The aim of this policy and the Safeguarding Procedures document is to help trained Advisors, schools workers and anyone else involved in the work of The Haven to adopt safe working practices with young people or adults at risk of harm, and respond appropriately when abuse is disclosed or discovered.
The Haven recognises that approaches to young people need to reflect that there are differences between adults and children in regard to the following: legal competence, age appropriateness, parental responsibility, confidentiality and exposure to, as well as protection from, significant harm.
The Haven is committed to:
Safeguarding Coordinator: Caroline Kemp (Centre Manager) 07940 800841
Deputy Coordinator: Crispin Rogers (Chair of Trustees) 07803 551833
Absolute confidentiality cannot be upheld when a client states that they or someone they know, such as another child, may be at risk of serious harm, or when an Advisor suspects that a young person is being abused. In these circumstances, it may be necessary to share concerns with another professional agency such as Social Services. The client would need to be informed of this intention and be told of what would be communicated. The limits of confidentiality should be explained to young people or adults at risk of harm as early as possible.
All staff and volunteers will be appointed, trained, supported and supervised in accordance with government guidance on safer recruitment (see Safeguarding Procedures).
All staff, Advisors offering counselling, the Safeguarding Coordinators and the Trustees will be required to attend annual in-house safeguarding training. In addition, they will be encouraged to attend any general safeguarding training provided by their church.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the Trustees
A young person is a person under 18 years of age.
An adult at risk is a person aged 18 or over who has:
And requires any of the following:
For safeguarding children, see: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/briefings/definitions-signs-child-abuse
For safeguarding adults, see: https://www.scie.org.uk/safeguarding/adults/introduction/types-and-indicators-of-abuse
This policy is available for download.