(A pdf version of this policy is available for download here)
St Erth Parish Council is committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to ensuring that they are protected and kept safe from physical, sexual, and emotional harm and neglect while they are engaged in any activity associated with the Council.
This responsibility applies to all Council employees and councillors; it also applies to contractors, partners and volunteers who carry out work on behalf of the Council with (or for) children, young people and adults at risk.
In order to promote a safe environment, the Council is committed to fostering a safeguarding culture in its premises, activity areas and through its recruitment practices. To achieve this, the Council will:
- provide safe facilities and undertake regular safety assessments.
- ensure that employees and councillors are aware of the safeguarding expectations.
- ensure that candidates applying for jobs are made aware of the Council’s commitment to safeguarding and are expected to support this commitment if appointed.
Employees, councillors and volunteers all have a duty to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults but are not responsible for deciding whether abuse is taking place. If they have concerns, these should be passed on to the Clerk, or direct to the Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) at Cornwall Council.
Persons applying for a position with the Council are expected to support the safeguarding policy and principles of the Council.
This document has been adopted by the Parish Council at the meeting held on 8th June 2021 under minute reference 035/06/21-22b).