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Safeguarding

The NTF believes that all children and adults should live a life free from abuse and neglect consistent with their human rights.

Introduction

This policy applies to the Board of Trustees, all staff and volunteers, or anyone working on behalf of the National Tremor Foundation (NTF).

The purpose of this policy is:

  • To raise awareness of our responsibilities in protecting children and adults at risk who are in contact with the NTF.
  • To protect the Board of Trustees, all staff and volunteers, or anyone working on behalf of the NTF
  • To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.

The NTF comes into direct contact with people of all ages through our support and information services, face to face meetings, and online support groups as well as at our events such as Annual General Meetings, information events and fundraising events. Some of our work also involves communicating with individuals online, through social media and via telephone and post.

The NTF believes that all children and adults should live a life free from abuse and neglect consistent with their human rights. Through the implementation of this safeguarding policy, the NTF will demonstrate its commitment to ensuring safeguarding of all children and adults at risk is paramount.

All children and adults at risk require protection, paying due regard to the nine protected characteristics as defined within the Equality Act 2010. This policy will not discriminate, either directly or indirectly, on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The NTF Board of Trustees have delegated operational safeguarding lead responsibilities to the NTF’s Children’s Liaison Officer and member of the Board of Trustees. The Children’s Liaison Officer brings a wealth of expertise and experience from a wide range of backgrounds in both safeguarding children and adults at risk across different settings and will be best placed to review and decide on the best course of action for all safeguarding enquiries which are received through the charities work.

The safeguarding lead, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, will be responsible for regularly updating this policy and ensuring the Board of Trustees, all staff and volunteers, or anyone working on behalf of The National Tremor Foundation (NTF) are familiar with its content.

What does the law say?

There are many pieces of legislation that are used in relation to safeguarding children and adults at risk. However, this policy has placed due regard to the following law and guidance (this list in not exhaustive) that seeks to protect children and adults at risk:

  • The Children Act (1989 and 2004)
  • The Care Act (2014)
  • The Mental Capacity Act (2007)
  • The Equality Act (2010)
  • The Human Right Act (1998)
  • Working together to safeguard children (Department for Education, 2018).

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