IGI – Children, young people and vulnerable adults safeguarding and protection policy statement
International Governance Institute (“IGI”) acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and any relevant regulatory requirements in the UK and any locations in which IGI is active in.
The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children, young people, and vulnerable adults are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure, so far as is reasonably possible, that regardless of age, ability or disability, marital status, maternity/paternity status, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and vulnerable adults:
- Participate in IGI activities in a safe environment
- Are protected from abuse whilst participating in activities provided/organised by IGI.
IGI acknowledges that some children and vulnerable adults, including persons with disabilities, young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
As part of our safeguarding policy, IGI will, as far as is reasonably possible:
- promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults, in the context of the IGI objects and activities
- ensure everyone involved in leading IGI activities understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is encouraged to undertake appropriate learning opportunities so help them recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children, young people and vulnerable adults
- ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern, and investigate concerns about the suitability of individuals to lead or participate in IGI activities.
- ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in activities led or supported by IGI, irrespective of where they carry out activities on behalf of IGI (inside the UK or in other countries outside the UK). Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in exclusion from the organisation.
Anyone with concerns about the application of this policy should contact the Chair of Trustees in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The policy will be reviewed at regular intervals, or in the following circumstances:
changes in legislation and/or UK government (or other relevant government) guidance
as required by the Local Safeguarding regulatory bodies in areas where IGI is active.
as a result of any other significant change or event, in particular after a safeguarding incident.
(Last reviewed October 2018)