All children, young people and adults who are linked with the Adventure Therapy, wherever they are, whoever they are with and whatever they are doing, have the right to protection from neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. All members of the public, as well as professionals, have a responsibility for the protection of children, young people and adults with a disability and reporting concerns about a person’s welfare or safety.
As a registered charity, Adventure Therapy ensures that statutory requirements concerning Disclosure and Barring Service checks are met, maintains an up to date safeguarding policy and procedures and provides safeguarding training to all its members of staff and volunteers.
All staff and volunteers of Adventure Therapy who come into contact with children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families will:
- Be able to identify potential indicators of abuse or neglect
- Have read the Safeguarding Policy
- Know their role and responsibilities within their team
- Know how to communicate and record any concerns
- Know to act upon concerns in line with the principles and procedures for local child protection management and Working Together to Safeguard Children
Therefore all children, young people and adults who are in contact with Adventure Therapy (i.e. our service users) will:
- Be treated with respect and afforded full civil and legal rights
- Be listened to and taken seriously, whatever their level of development or communication
- Be given time to do things for themselves, to understand and be understood
- Be involved in decisions that affect them
- Have their privacy respected at all times and in all places
- Have a right to confidentiality – all information about them will be treated carefully, be kept safe and only shared with those people who need to know.