The Samworth Foundation believes that it is unacceptable for children, young people and vulnerable adults to experience abuse of any kind. The Foundation is committed to conducting our grant-making in a manner that recognises our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk with whom the Foundation and its grantees are in contact, and help protect them from harm.
The Foundation’s approach to the protection of children, young people and adults at risk is based on the principles recognised in the Young People Act 1989, The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child 1991, and the Safeguarding Adults Care Act 2014. We recognise that the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk is paramount, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief and sexual orientation or identity and that they have the right to protection from all types of harm and abuse.
The Samworth Foundation aims to meet its commitment to support grantees and their programmes to ensure that they are safe for the children, young people and adults at risk and to help protect them through the following means:
- Awareness: Ensuring that all Foundation representatives and grantees are notified of and made aware that they are expected to comply with the policy.
- Prevention: Striving, through awareness and good practice, to minimize the risks to children, young people and vulnerable adults and take positive steps to help protect anyone who are the subject of any concerns.
- Reporting: Ensuring that all Foundation representatives and grantees know what steps to take when concerns arise regarding the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The Foundation’s ‘Code of Conduct for Visits’ statement should also be referred to by Trustees and staff.
- Responding: Engaging in action that supports and protects children, young people and vulnerable adults when concerns arise regarding their safety; supporting those who raise such concerns; investigating or cooperating with any subsequent process of investigation; and taking appropriate responsive action.
All Samworth Foundation grantees are expected to have in place high quality safeguarding practices which include training, policies and procedures, and a culture of ensuring that those policies and procedures are implemented. The Foundation expects all grantees to have in place, and annually review, safeguarding policies and practical procedures to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk. The Samworth Foundation will carry out checks as part of the due diligence process to ensure that safeguarding policies exist and are followed.