Safeguarding Policy Statement

The purpose

of this policy statement is to describe the aims and reasons for our safeguarding policies and procedures.  It applies to anyone working on behalf of Autism Wessex including trustees, employees, volunteers, sessional workers, students and adults we support. 

The legislative background

Our policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation and guidance which seeks to protect children and adults in England. A summary is available from This statement should be read alongside our charity policies, procedures, guidance and other related documents as follows:

We believe that

  •        Children, young people and adults should never experience abuse of any kind
  •        We hold a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and adults we support, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

  •        The welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do, and in all decisions we take
  •        Everyone, regardless of age, disability,  gender, gender reassignment, race,  religion, sex or sexual orientation has an equal right to protection from harm or abuse
  •        Some vulnerabilities are hidden and include past experiences, level of dependency, ability to communicate, or other issues
  •        Working in partnership with our networks is essential to promote welfare

We will seek to keep people safe by:

  •        Valuing, listening and respecting the children and adults we support
  •        Appointing a nominated Safeguarding Lead for Children and young people and a Lead Governor and a Lead Trustee for Adult Services, adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct.
  •        Developing and implementing effective online safety and related procedures
  •        Providing effective management and supervision for team members and volunteers, as well as support, training and quality assurance measure
  •        Recruiting staff and volunteers safely
  •        Recording, storing and using information professionally and securely in line with data protection legislation
  •        Sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with our service users  via leaflets, posters, and 1 2 1 discussions
  •        Ensuring that safeguarding is a priority item on each meeting agenda
  •        Making sure that children and people, young adults we support know where to go for help if they have a concern
  •        Using our safeguarding and child protection processes to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know
  •        Using our safeguarding procedures to manage any allegations appropriately
  •        Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring we adhere to our policy and process to help us deal effectively with bullying if it arises
  •        Assuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
  •        Ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
  •        Building a safeguarding culture were colleagues, volunteers, children, young adults and people we support treat each other with respect and are comfortable sharing concerns.


Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Charity - Paul Thomas

Designated Child Protection Lead - Jemma Dudgeon

Portfield School, Governor Safeguarding Lead - Graham Whitehead

Trustee Safeguarding Lead - Malcolm Farrell

This policy statement was last reviewed in October 2021






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