BLACK ISLE MEN’S SHED PROCEDURES & GUIDELINES FOR SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE ADULTS
It is the policy of the Black Isle Men’s Shed to safeguard vulnerable adults taking part in Shed activities from physical, sexual or emotional harm. The Black Isle Men’s Shed Board and Committee will take all reasonable steps to ensure that individuals participating in Shed activities do so in a safe environment and require all members to do the same. The Board and Committee recognize that the safety and welfare of all participants are paramount and that all individuals, whatever their age, gender, disability, culture, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, social status or sexual identity, have a right to protection from abuse.
This document is consistent with the Scottish Men’s Shedders Protection Policy Guidelines.
BIMS works in proximity to other Adult Groups and Children within the Avoch Sea Scouts Community Centre and will therefore also adhere to the Centre's Vulnerable Groups guidelines:
BLACK ISLE MEN’S SHED (BIMS) CODE OF ETHICS
Our code as a Men’s Shed is to:
BLACK ISLE MEN’S SHED PROCEDURES
SAFE RECRUITMENT AND INDUCTION OF SESSION LEADERS
The recruitment of Session Leaders who will work with Vulnerable Adults is a key step in providing protection and also acts as a deterrent to those who might want to abuse members of Vulnerable Groups. In most cases the Session Leaders will be long standing and well known members of the Shed who will be selected by the Board and Committee and asked to instruct a Vulnerable Individual. In these situations it should be sufficient to ensure that:
On the very rare occasions that the BIMS receives an offer to volunteer to do regulated work from a non or new member, in addition to the measures above the prospective volunteer will be interviewed by 2 members of the Board or Committee and references will also be sought. Scottish Men’s Shedders provides useful templates both to record interviews and to ask for references in their Safeguarding Children and Protected Adults Policy & Guidelines available via the Scottish Men’s Shedders website.
The Shed members who undertake regulated work will be Session Leaders. The Health and Safety (H&S) Advisor will give training to new Session Leaders and annual refresher training to existing Session Leaders that covers at least the following:
CODE OF PRACTICE
Organizers of Shed activities should ensure that:
Publishing articles and photos in newsletters, websites and local newspapers is an excellent way of recognizing our achievements and of promoting the Shed. Be aware that photos and articles should not give any details of where people live, their phone number nor email address. Photos should only be taken with the consent of the individual(s) to be photographed.
HANDLING OF CONCERNS, REPORTS OR ALLEGATIONS
All Session Leaders and BIMS members in general are encouraged to share concerns with the BIMS Health and Safety Advisor. If the situation is clearly urgent, if the person is too frightened to go home, or if there are very serious doubts about a vulnerable person’s safety, either contact the BIMS Welfare Officer or Social Work Services or the Police immediately (see below). If your concerns are more general discuss these with the BIMS Welfare Officer who may then make a referral to Social Work Services.
Always remember to:
Child protection – some notes for Session Leaders
Flowchart 1 – What to do if worried that a vulnerable person is being abused outside the shed’s environment (but the concern is identified through the vulnerable person’s involvement in the shed)
Flowchart 2 – What to do if concerned about the behaviour of any Member, Session Leader, Board or Committee Member or Carer.
VULNERABLE ADULT PROTECTION – SOME NOTES FOR SESSION LEADERS GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE
What is vulnerable person abuse?
Anything that adversely affects a person’s right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that would result in them being physically or psychologically damaged.
What is BIMS’s policy to combat vulnerable adult abuse?
The Shed has a Protecting Vulnerable Adults policy (this document) which does not include children.
Policy on ALL children including vulnerable children
Should any arrangement be made whereby children work with or interact with BIMS Shed members, all these children will be supervised by a teacher or other responsible adult who must be present at all times and who must have current PVG clearance.
What is the code of conduct for Session Leaders?
SCOTTISH SHEDDERS GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE
Handout for Session Leaders –
This guide only covers the essential points of good practice when working with protected adults.
You should never:
No tasks of a personal nature for a protected adult should be undertaken by a supervisor, particularly if they are very disabled. These tasks should only be carried out by the carers who should be in attendance at all times. In an emergency situation, it is important to ensure that any adult present is sensitive to the protected adult and assists the carer with personal care tasks with the utmost discretion.
WHAT DO I DO IF I SUSPECT A PROTECTED ADULT IS BEING ABUSED?
What to do if you are worried that a protected adult is being abused outside the Shed’s environment
What to do if you are concerned about the behaviour of any member, supervisor or official of the BIMS
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