Turn the Tide Teignbridge– Safeguarding policy and procedures 

Purpose of the policy

General statement

There is a moral obligation and legal duty of care that we do whatever is reasonably practicable to ensure the safety and wellbeing of anyone, including children, young people and adults at risk, with whom we work. 

All children, young people and adults at risk, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.

Volunteers will seek to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk by

Safeguarding Procedure

Definition of abuse - Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other persons(s) or group of people. Abuse may be single or repeated acts. It can be: 

Procedures for safe working

Recognising concerns or evidence of abuse 

Concerns about or evidence of abuse might be raised through

Dealing with abuse discovered, disclosed, or alleged

Action must be taken immediately in ALL cases. Do not assume someone else will act. It is the responsibility of the volunteer becoming aware of a situation to: 

1. Respond and make safe

2. Record

Record what was said before it is forgotten and keep it somewhere secure. The record should include:

3. Inform

This policy was adopted at a meeting of Turn the Tide Teignbridge Directors 


The Safeguarding Policy should be reviewed (and updated as necessary) annually.  The following organisations’ support and guidance may be useful:  

VOYC - voycdevon.org.uk

Devon Safeguarding Adults Partnership - www.devonsafeguardingadultspartnership.org.uk

Devon Children and Families partnership - www.devonsafeguardingadultspartnership.org.uk