Providers who work with vulnerable adults and children have a duty of care to safeguard and take responsibility for their service users. They must always act in their best interests and ensure they take all reasonable steps to prevent any harm to them.
Providers also have a duty to manage risk and to protect the reputation and assets of their organisation. It is therefore vital that providers assess the risks that arise from their activities and operations involving children and vulnerable adults and put in place appropriate safeguarding systems and governance. Such systems should be monitored to ensure they are being effectively implemented in practice. This is critically important because on occasions providers may be targeted by people who abuse their position and privileges to gain access to vulnerable people or their records for inappropriate or illegal purposes.
We have developed a safeguarding self-assessment checklist which will allow you to consider the thoroughness of your own arrangements and identify where you have strengths or areas that need improvement. There are also a number of references included which may be useful.
Download the safeguarding self-assessment checklist.
As headline sponsor of the Third Sector Awards, Markel had the opportunity to speak to a number of charities at last year’s event to find out more about the risks they face and how they manage them.
One of the topics that came up was safeguarding. Watch the video interviews to hear what the charities had to say.