The purpose of this policy is to inform Doncaster Chamber Staff of their responsibilities when working with children and vulnerable adults. A person can be considered to be vulnerable if they are “substantially dependent upon others in performing basic physical functions, or his ability to communicate with those providing services, or to communicate with others, is severely impaired, and, as a result, he would be incapable of protecting himself from assault or other physical abuse, or there is a potential danger that his will or moral well-being may be subverted or overpowered”. As a consequence Doncaster Chamber has taken the view that in the interests of good practice there should be a clear policy and associated practices to guide work with under-18s and vulnerable adults.
Doncaster Chamber believes that children, young people and vulnerable adults have rights as individuals and should be treated with dignity and respect. We will strive to provide a safe environment for any children, young people and vulnerable adults seeking support or whilst visiting us on our premises.
Abuse is any behaviour towards a person that deliberately or unknowingly causes him harm, endangers life or violates their rights.
Abuse may be:
All Doncaster Chamber staff are required to take shared responsibility for the safeguarding and safety of any children, young people and vulnerable adults on our premises.
All staff are in a position of trust, in particular those who offer business support and advice on a 1:1 basis. Such personnel will have been through the BPSS clearance checks with either a Disclosure Scotland or DBS check.
The following guidelines are intended to be a common sense approach that both reduce opportunities for the abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults help to protect staff, students and volunteers from any false allegation.
Should Doncaster Chamber receive any complaints about unacceptable and/or abusive behaviour towards children, young persons or vulnerable adults we will seek guidance from Doncaster Safeguarding Children Boardand will treat each case with upmost importance and follow our disciplinary procedures.
Should you have any concern about safeguarding contact the Doncaster Children Services Trust on 01302 737777
NSPCC helpline 0808 800 5000
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"Leaving school not knowing what I wanted to do I was lucky enough to find my perfect career path a few years into my working life.
Looking back if I had the support and guidance that Doncaster Skills Academy provide I think I would of come to this decision a lot sooner and there would have been more options and routes for me to go down to get to where I am today.
I enjoy volunteering and delivering within schools as I like to think of the impact I can have with helping a young person to think about their career and what they want to do in the future. Coming from a HR background I can also provide invaluable knowledge into what businesses are looking for and what it takes to secure a job.
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