Safeguarding means taking steps to keep people, especially those who might be vulnerable, safe from harm and mistreatment. It involves having clear rules, providing the right training for staff and volunteers, and creating a safe environment to prevent and respond to any potential dangers or risks. It is all about looking out for each other and making sure everyone is protected and cared for.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this means ensuring that people who come into contact with your organisation are protected and treated with respect.

Safeguarding specifically relates to children and adults who may be at risk of harm or exploitation due to factors such as a disabling condition, mental health issues or other forms of vulnerability.  

The fundamental duty to protect vulnerable individuals applies to all organisations. This is a legal responsibility. The extent of regulatory requirements varies upon the nature and purpose of individual organisations.

Complying with safeguarding legislation can include:

  • Policies and procedures – outlining expected behaviours, reporting mechanisms and procedures to prevent harm or abuse.
  • Training programmes – ensuring everyone understands their role in maintaining a safe environment.
  • Code of Conduct – outlining expectations and standards.
  • Confidentiality policies – protecting privacy.
  • Reporting procedures – ensuring information is shared appropriately and acted upon promptly.
  • Collaboration with authorities – working with Argyl and Bute Council and Police Scotland as and when required.

Individuals working with vulnerable children or adults will require a safeguarding assessment, known as a PVG check. There are different levels of assessment within the PVG scheme. The PVG scheme is administered by Disclosure Scotland

To enroll your organisation, you need apply through the Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Service Website.

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