SAFEGUARDING

WE ARE PROUD TO BE SAFEGUARDING AWARE

Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults

It is the responsibility of all our Trustees to give paramount importance to the nurture and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults in a safe and secure environment.

Our Safeguarding Policy

We recognise that the welfare of the child, young person or vulnerable adult is paramount. Everyone has different levels of vulnerability and each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.

All children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable (regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse which can occur in all families and communities.

Working in partnership with children, young people, vulnerable adults and their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare.

How to report a concern

The Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group has one appointed Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) and one Deputy Designated Safeguarding Office (DDSO).

Designated Safeguarding Officer
Kim West

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
Allan Brown

If the situation is urgent: 
Whether a child, young person or adult has shared a concern with you, or you have seen or heard something of concern, if the situation is urgent i.e. there is an imminent risk of harm contact the police on 101 or 999 as appropriate or contact the Local Authority Children or Adults Safeguarding Teams:

Swindon Local Children’s Safeguarding Board
01793 466903 – Monday to Friday 
01793 436699 – Out of hours/Weekends

Swindon Local Adult Safeguarding Board
01793 463555 – Monday to Friday 
01793 436699 – Out of hours/Weekends

Once you have sought advice from police or the Local Authority and the situation is made safe, inform the SDSG Designated Safeguarding Officer as soon as possible of the concern and actions taken; provide a written record of this. If the concern is about the SDSG Designated Safeguarding Officer contact the Down’s Syndrome Association Safeguarding team on 0333 1212 300.

If the situation is of concern but is not urgent: 
Contact the SDSG Designated Safeguarding Officer to report the concern and provide a written record.

If the concern is about the SDSG Designated Safeguarding Officer contact the Down’s Syndrome Association Safeguarding team on 0333 1212 300. They will decide with you whether to discuss with the child, their parents or carers or the adult and any carers and whether a referral to the Local Authority Children or Adults Safeguarding Team is needed or any other action.

Swindon Down's Syndrome Group

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