With Safeguarding Adults Week (19th – 25th November) just around the corner - and our Safeguarding Adults podcast and online workshop launching next month - we thought this was the perfect opportunity to share a bit more about why it is an important topic for clubs.
If your club has regular contact with the public, you have a crucial role to play in the support, identification and reporting of adults who may be at risk of harm. Getting this right in your club will ensure safe access for everyone and it’s important to take some small steps to make this so. One of the most helpful things a club can do is create a stand-alone safeguarding adults’ policy and procedure. You should ensure that everyone in the club knows about the policy and create a culture that means participants feel able to discuss issues and know where to go if they have a concern.
Safeguarding duties apply to any adult who needs care and support, and is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect; and as a result, is unable to protect themselves from either the experience or risk of abuse or neglect.
Essentially, when we talk about ‘safeguarding’ we are talking about protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Clearly, this is a very important issue and the Care Act 2014 even put the safeguarding of adults into law, so it’s a responsibility for every club to deliver. If your club has regular contact with the public, you have a crucial role to play in the support, identification and reporting of adults who may be at risk of harm.
To hear more about what your club can do to ensure the safety of adults, stay tuned for our podcast and online workshop launching in November.
You can also visit the Anne Craft Trust for more information and to download a ‘Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures Template’ for your club