North Nibley Romania Team - Safe From Harm Policy

North Nibley Romania Team (NNRT) aims to safeguard from harm the young people and adults who come into contact with our charity. All must be protected from physical, sexual and emotional harm.  This policy has been adopted by the NNRT, and all members of the charity must sign our pro-forma declaration and be approved by the committee.

Point of Contact.  Each team working in Romania will have an overseer who will be first point of contact for control of the policy.  This person would normally be the Team Leader, or a specific appointed person.  First point of contact in the UK will be any committee member or senior charity member.

Duties of the Overseer.  To be fully acquainted with the current good practice for working with young people and adults.  To minimise situations where harm or abuse to young people or adults may occur.  To ensure at all times that members appreciate the importance of care and safety of people in contact.

Action to be taken when abuse is suspected or alleged.  Keep a written record : dates, times, observations, verbatim speech.  Contact a committee member or in their absence, a senior charity member and decide together what action, if any, is to be taken.  Try to remove the situation where further contact could take place.  Report details for full discussion at a future meeting.

Policy Application.  This policy and the accompanying Code of Practice applies to all members of the NNRT both in the UK and Romania.  Copies of the policy statement and the Code of Practice will be provided to all members, and be available to members of the public on request.  The Policy Statement, and the Code of Practice are to be reviewed annually and recommendations for change should be made via the committee for discussion and ultimate inclusion in the document.  A register of those accepted by the NNRT under this scheme will be kept by the nominated committee member, along with the signed declaration.

Code of Practice.  

As a member of the NNRT you should always :

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Respect everyone as an individual

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Set the example you want others to follow

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Be sensitive to the views and requirements of others

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Try to avoid working alone with children or vulnerable adults

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Be prepared to listen

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Follow the Policy and Code of Practice laid down by the NNRT.

You should not :

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Tolerate abusive behaviour or bullying

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Show favouritism

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Engage in inappropriate conversations or physical contact with young people or vulnerable adults

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Make suggestive remarks or actions

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Assume that you are above the rules

Recognising abuse and taking action.  Cases of abuse whether physical, sexual, emotional or neglect will normally come to light through :

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Disclosure by the recipient

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Information from a third party

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Observation of unexplained injuries or change of behaviour

If you suspect abuse is taking place :

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Keep Calm

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Listen but do not question or investigate at that time

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Record all details which support your suspicions, or information you have been given including dates and times

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Refer your concerns to a committee member or senior charity member and discuss what action is appropriate

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Never agree to confidentiality as you must inform others, but be discrete with information

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Always remember your principal concern is for the safety and well being of the young person or adult subject.