13. Statement of Principles

  1. WP&UP will seek to actively promote the wellbeing and empowerment of young people and vulnerable adults through the services we provide.
  2. All employment recruitment advertisements, recruitment packs and induction packs, and any print or online employment information that relates to roles which are required to work with children, young people and adults and undertake regulated activity will include the statement: ‘WP&UP operates a Policy for the Protection of Young People and Vulnerable Adults’.
  3. In instances where freelancers, volunteers or contractors are undertaking activities with young people or adults that come under the definition of regulated activity they will also be subject to the same enhanced vetting checks required of WP&UP’s employees.
  4. In so far as possible, staff will avoid situations in which they are alone or in isolated one-to-one situations with young people or vulnerable adults. All working practices should occur in open spaces, in front of others in an ‘open door’ environment.
  5. Appropriate risk assessments will be carried out to ensure the protection of young people and vulnerable adults taking part in WP&UP activities.
  6. Any staff that come into contact with a young people or vulnerable adult, and believe that they have cause for concern, should follow the reporting procedures outlined in WP&UP’s ‘Guidelines for Staff in Protecting Young People and Vulnerable Groups’ (see Appendix 1).
  7. WP&UP will appoint a network of Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs) who will act as the first point of contact for staff and volunteers for advice if they are concerned about a young person or vulnerable adult. The DSO network will meet at least once each year to share good practice and learning and to review WP&UP’s Safeguarding policies and procedures. DSOs will be provided with appropriate training to equip them with the knowledge and awareness to carry out their role.
  8. The Chief Operating Officer will act as WP&UP’s Designated Safeguarding Representative (DSR). The DSR will be responsible for ensuring WP&UP’s Safeguarding policy and procedures are up-to-date, mechanisms are in place to communicate and raise awareness about safeguarding issues and that those with specific responsibilities with regard to safeguarding receive appropriate training. They will also be responsible for ensuring that incidents are dealt with and reported appropriately and records of any concerns reported are maintained and stored securely.
  9. If there is an allegation against a member of staff working at WP&UP, the procedures outlined in Section 7 of the London Child Protection Procedures will be followed. The alleged perpetrator may be subject to suspension from work and subsequent disciplinary action.
  10. WP&UP will take additional safety measures, over and above those required of the Data Protection Act, to ensure young persons’ and vulnerable persons’ safety on WP&UP’s own and on third party online channels. Young people should not be able to disclose their real name and location, or give out details to other users of WP&UP’s website, and WP&UP’s safety guidelines and terms and conditions will be made prominent to help users of WP&UP’s website understand the rights and obligations of all users.
  11. Induction materials for new staff will include reference to WP&UP’s procedures for the protection of young people and vulnerable adults and appropriate awareness raising and training provided to staff.
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