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St Bernadette Trust

Safeguarding policy and procedure

Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults

Policy Statement
St Bernadette Trust (The Trust) will not tolerate any form of abuse and believes that all vulnerable people have the right to live in an environment free from abuse.

The Trust believes that everyone is entitled to

    The Trust will adhere to the multi-agency Policy, Procedures and Good Practice Guide of Coventry Safeguarding Adults Board.

    Safeguarding means protecting children or adults from abuse or neglect and putting systems in place to prevent abuse or neglect from happening in the future.

    Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility.

    A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 or over who is or may be in need of services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and is or may be unable to protect him/herself from significant harm or serious exploitation (Coventry Safeguarding Adults Board definition).

    Scope of this policy in relation to each organisation’s own policies
    The Safeguarding policy applies to all the Trust’s actions regarding safeguarding concerns regarding individual named people and for safeguarding all beneficiaries of the Trust.

    This policy details how Trust volunteers/Trustees should take action if they have safeguarding concerns about a named person and/or what action the Trust must take.


    Signs to look out for (vulnerable adults)
      Appendix - Types of Abuse

      Includes slapping, hitting, burning, head-butting, scalding, bruising, pushing, restraining, and the inappropriate administration of medicines (including withholding medication).

      Includes shouting, swearing, frightening, blaming, threatening, intimidating, ignoring, humiliating, and using threats or denying a person access to something – a person, pet, object or activity – that they enjoy, value or love.

      Includes: theft, misuse of benefits and/or property, fraud, contracted misuse (catalogues etc.) misuse of credit card facilities.

      Includes: forcing someone to participate in sexual actions or conversation of a sexual nature against their wishes.

      Includes: failing to provide food, heat, clothing, appropriate medical attention (leading, for example, to bed sores) or other things essential to physical and mental well-being.


      Includes: systems which are set up with no flexibility and are not tailored to a person’s needs.

      Many of these abuses could also be considered crimes: theft, assault, neglect, rape, breach of the Human Rights Act.

      Steps to take if you have a safeguarding concern
      If the concern is about a service rather than a specific named individual

        If the concern is about a specific named individual

            Alerting regulators and commissioners
            It is important that the Trust passes timely information to other organisations to enable them to act if information shared provides an alert that there is an issue with the provision of a service e.g. a care home; hospital ward; GP practice

            This information can usually be passed on without identifying an individual or the person who has alerted the Trust of the issue.

            Such referrals will normally be made by the Secretary of the Trust and will be logged by the Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

            The Chairman will keep written records of the alleged abuse along with notes on action taken. These records will be kept locked away in a secure filing system (either locked cabinet or password protected document).

            Policy agreed on: October 2013

            Next review due: October 2015