Carers Bromley is committed to promoting the welfare and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk. Carers Bromley’s policy is that its employees, volunteers or sessional contractors will never condone abuse of any kind and that an important part of Carers Bromley’s aim is to prevent abuse. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately. It is Carers Bromley’s duty to report abuse to the appropriate authorities. Carers Bromley’s procedures support and promote the well-being principle which is a key concept within the Care Act and is about treating the person holistically. The basic foundation of this is to ensure people are kept safe from abuse.
Carers Bromley has policies in place for Adult Safeguarding and Child Protection which are available to all staff and volunteers.
Carers Bromley’s adult safeguarding procedures exist in accordance with the Care Act 2014 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/contents/enacted and the Care Act Statutory Guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-statutory-guidance-for-implementation and within the framework of The Bromley Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) http://www.bromley.gov.uk/downloads/731/safeguarding_adults and will be implemented in ways that reflect Carers Bromley’s values, which are:
• Respecting and empowering users
• Ensuring language, culture, race and beliefs are valued and difference respected.
Carers Bromley’s policies require all personnel working with children under 18 years to have an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service, which includes a check against the POCA (Protection of Children Act) list and the POVA (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) list; this is updated annually for Young Carers staff.
All staff are given regular training on Carers Bromley’s policies, including child protection.
If Bromley Safeguarding Adults Board requests information about a safeguarding enquiry, Carers Bromley will supply the required information, observing Carers Bromley’s Data Protection principles.
Carers Bromley is committed to respecting the confidentiality of information given to them in the process of their work but protection of vulnerable adults is of paramount concern and must override the confidentiality of all information pertinent to safety.
If possible, consent to share information should be obtained. However, if it is believed a serious criminal offence has occurred, then information will be shared with or without consent.
Carers Bromley is obliged to report to Social Services or the Oxleas Liaison and Intake Team (LIT) (for secondary Mental Health) any concerns related to the safety and wellbeing of an individual in cases where either the individual has made a disclosure of abuse or the member of staff feels there is a risk of abuse. If it is believed that a serious criminal offence has occurred and there is a clear and present danger to the vulnerable adult or other, then Carers Bromley staff have a duty to contact the police at the soonest opportunity.
For more information, please contact Carers Bromley.