The aim of this policy is to reflect the commitment of the Bodie Hodges Foundation to work collaboratively with multi-agencies to safeguard children at risk from abuse or neglect. The policy describes the roles and responsibilities of staff to safeguard children young people and vulnerable adults, including identification of abuse or neglect and our referral processes.
This Policy applies to all staff, including the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and anyone working on behalf of The Bodie Hodges Foundation.
The purpose of this policy is:
The Bodie Hodges Foundation believes that no child or young person or adult should ever experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of children young people and vulnerable adults to keep them safe. We are committed to practising in a way that protects everyone.
The Bodie Hodges Foundation currently works with families, children, and young people through referrals either from other professional agencies or self-referrals from the families. Our staff and volunteers come into direct contact with children and young people and liaise with charity partners.
Our services to these families, children and young people include direct contact and include 1-1 sessions such as bereavement support within their home, school, college, or another locally agreed setting. We also, as a charity, provide a short stay at Bodie’s Boathouse.
These families are vulnerable as they have all experienced the death of a child and/or sibling. We always take the following steps to ensure their wellbeing and to safeguard them.
All staff and volunteers with any direct contact with adults, children and young people who provided Bodie Hodges support services are DBS checked and have had a level of safeguarding training required for their role.
What to do if a child discloses abuse or neglect to anyone working for The Bodie Hodges Foundation?
We are committed to protecting children/young people who may have accessed services provided by The Bodie Hodges Foundation.
If a child discloses abuse or neglect it is important to follow the below steps:
believed. They’ve told you because they want help and trust you’ll be the person who will listen to and support them.
1. If any members of staff, employed or voluntary become aware of any abuse or neglect they are to report this immediately to the DSO.
2. It is important that the member of staff or volunteer writes down exactly what the child is saying and what you said to the child. Ensure that dates and times of events are also recorded. When the conversation is over you also need to write down the date and times that this took place.
3. It is important to reassure the child that you will get support to make them safe. The member of staff will also need to take down contact details for the child or find out the names of their parents so that we are able to identify them and get help.
4. Under no circumstances should a member of staff directly contact parents if abuse or neglect has been reported to them.
5. This policy does not negate an individual’s right to contact the police, social services or NSPCC directly before speaking to the coordinator.
6. Remember to get support for yourself following this disclosure if you feel that you need to talk through what happened.
Important Numbers / Information
Social Care, who should be contacted if concerns exist about a child’s welfare or safety: –
Leicester City – Tel: 0116 454 1004
Leicestershire County – Tel: 0116 305 0005
Rutland – 01572 758407 (Out of Hours 0116 3050005)
CEOP – child exploitation and online protection Command
0808 800 5000
These safeguarding principles also extend to the support and care of adults using our service here at The Bodie Hodges Foundation, all staff and volunteers need to be aware and follow these when supporting vulnerable adults to help keep them safe.
Principles of adult safeguarding
There are six principles of adult safeguarding. The principles should inform the ways in which
professionals work with adults.
We must remember
and neglect, it may be necessary to override the requirement.
concerns about abuse, particularly in those situations when other vulnerable people may be at risk.
Principles of confidentiality designed to safeguard and promote the interests of an adult should not be
confused with those designed to protect the management interests of an organisation. These have a
legitimate role but must never be allowed to conflict with the interests of an adult. If it appears to an
employee that such confidentiality rules may be operating against the interests of adults at risk of abuse
or neglect, then a duty arises to make full disclosure.
If you are worried about a vulnerable adult, please contact use the details below:
Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)
Senior Lead Safeguarding