The Powell Family Foundation

Safeguarding Policy

This policy sets out The Powell Family Foundation’s position and guidance on safeguarding and protecting Children and Adults at Risk.

The Powell Family Foundation (“TPFF”) does not provide services rather it provides grants for individuals and organisations working with vision impaired children and young people across the UK.

TPFF’s policy on Safeguarding for Grant Holders details what we expect from grant holders to help ensure the Children and Adults at Risk who benefit from their services are safe from harm.

We recognise that while TPFF do not provide services it is necessary for our staff have appropriate safeguarding training and clear procedures to follow should they have a safeguarding concern.

The purpose of this policy and associated procedures is to provide clarity to all staff and volunteers on safeguarding and child protection. It is intended to help us to have a common understanding of safeguarding issues, develop good practice across the diverse and complex areas in which we and our grant holders operate and thereby increase accountability in this aspect of our work.

We believe that:

  • Children and Adults at Risk should never experience abuse of any kind.
  • We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of children and young people and to keep them safe.
  • We have a responsibility to support our grant holders to develop their safeguarding policies and procedures.

We recognise that:

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
  • The welfare of children is a paramount consideration.
  • Organisations and professionals working or in contact with Children and Adults at Risk have a duty to ensure safety and well-being.
  • All Children and Adults at Risk have an equal right to protection, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
  • It is our responsibility to minimise the harm that may be done as a result of our funding and related activities.
  • Working in partnership with Children and Adults at Risk, their parents, guardians, carers, partner organisations and other agencies is essential.
  • Extra safeguards may be needed to keep Children and Adults at Risk who are additional vulnerable, safe from abuse.

We will seek to keep Children and Adults at Risk safe by:

  • Valuing listening and respecting them
  • Appointing a designated safeguarding lead
  • Adopting safeguarding best practice through or policies, procedures, code of conduct for all staff, trustees and volunteers
  • Developing and implementing an online safety policy
  • Providing effective training and management for all staff, volunteers and trustees.
  • Recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • Recording and storing information safely and securely in line with data protection legislation
  • Publicise safeguarding policy so Children and Adults at Risk, their families and supporters know where to go for help if they have a concern
  • Create and maintain an anti-bullying environment, ensuring we have appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring we have appropriate whistleblowing policies and procedures in place.
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