The True Colours Trust recognises that the safeguarding of children and adults at risk (of harm and abuse) is a serious matter. Given the nature of our work it is highly unlikely that any member of staff or trustee would have direct and unsupervised contact with a child or adult at risk, but we recognise our responsibility for promoting best practice with regards to safeguarding.
Staff and trustees will ensure they are accompanied by a parent or responsible adult when they come into contact with children or adults at risk in the course of their duties.
Staff and trustees who come into regular contact with children or adults at risk which is more than incidental or fleeting will have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) check completed for their work on behalf of the Trust.
At any point in the life of a grant, staff and trustees will pass on any child welfare concerns to the SFCT Chief Executive Officer, who will ensure these concerns are communicated to the relevant authorities.
In the highly unlikely event that accusations are made against a True Colours member of staff or trustee, the Chief Executive Officer will investigate such allegations, if necessary under the SFCT Disciplinary Procedures.
Before a grant is approved for any organisation which works with children or adults at risk, it must demonstrate that it has a current Safeguarding Policy in place. This should ideally include:
- A named senior manager and/or trustee with responsibility for safeguarding in their organisations. Evidence also that staff, volunteers, and clients are made aware of who the manager is and how they can contact them.
- Evidence that procedures are in place to conduct DBS or PVG checks on staff and volunteers in the UK. Evidence also that there are procedures to refresh DBS or PVG checks for relevant staff at reasonable intervals.
- Clear, step-by-step guidance on what action to take if there are concerns about a child’s or adult at risk’s safety or welfare.
- Evidence that all staff who have contact with children and young people have access to child protection/safeguarding training at an appropriate level. Also, evidence that there is a reporting procedure in place and that staff are confident and trained in its use.