The Southend Care Bank Safeguarding Policy

Policy Purpose

The charitable activities of The Southend Care Bank’s (“SCB”) include working with vulnerable people.  The purpose of this policy is to protect children and vulnerable adults and provide stakeholders and the public with the overarching principles that guide our approach in doing so. 

Safeguarding Principles

We believe that:

Safeguarding Policy Applicability

This safeguarding policy applies to anyone working on our behalf, including our charity trustees and other volunteers.

Partner organisations will be required to have their own safeguarding procedures that must, as a minimum, meet the standards outlined below, and include any additional legal or regulatory requirements specific to their work.  These may, but are not limited to:

Safeguarding should be appropriately reflected in other relevant policies and procedures. 

Types of Abuse

Abuse can take many forms, such as physical, psychological or emotional, financial, sexual or institutional abuse, including neglect and exploitation.  

The Care Act recognises ten categories of abuse that may be experienced by adults. These are listed below, and the associated statutory guidance is available here.


Modern Slavery

Domestic Abuse





Financial or Material

Neglect and Acts of Omission

Emotional or Psychological

The SCB recognises that abuse may take many forms; for example, cyber bullying, radicalisation, ‘mate’ crime, and forced marriage. Any form of abuse is included in the policy.  

Reporting Safeguarding Concerns

If a crime is in progress, or an individual in immediate danger, call the police, as you would in any other circumstances. 

If you are a beneficiary, or member of the public, make your concerns known to a member of our team, who will deal with the concern, or alert a senior member of the charity (Organisational Board Member or Trustee). All Team Members, Organisational Board Members and Trustees present will be wearing SCB lanyards at all SCB sessions.

For team members, make your concerns known to an Organisational Board Member or a Trustee.   

The Trustees are mindful of their reporting obligations to the Charity Commission in respect of Serious Incident Reporting.  They are aware of the Government guidance on handling safeguarding allegations.

Trustee Safeguarding Responsibilities

Responsibilities should be made clear and individuals provided with any necessary training and resources to enable them to carry out their role.  

Safeguarding should be reflected in Committee Terms of Reference, job descriptions, Annual Plan, reporting to the Trustee Board, and other procedures, as necessary.

This safeguarding policy will be reviewed by the Committee and approved by the Board annually. 

Trustees are aware of and will comply with the Charity Commission guidance on safeguarding and protecting people and also the 10 actions trustee boards need to take to ensure good safeguarding governance. 

A lead trustee/committee member will be given responsibility for the oversight of all aspects of safeguarding, including whistleblowing and H&SW.  This will include:


To be aware of our procedures, undertake any necessary training, be aware of the risks and signs of potential abuse and, if you have concerns, to report these immediately (see above).

Safeguarding And Fundraising

We will ensure that:

Charity Commission – Online Safeguarding Procedures

We will identify and manage online risks by ensuring:

Owner, Approval, and Version Control

Owner: Jayne Clark-Denyer

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