Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, in particular protecting them from significant harm – depends on effective joint working between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise. Some of our most vulnerable children and adults require co-ordinated support from health, education, early years, social care and other agencies. The Sunshine Centre strives to ensure that every individual child and adult feels safe and are safe throughout the work of the centre.
The diversity of life experiences encountered by children and their families, the structural factors, (e.g. poverty, poor housing) and the social factors, (e.g. gender, ethnicity) all impact on and influence childhood, child rearing and childcare. Most adults face parenthood with excitement and anticipation, but the pressures of today’s world can also make parenthood difficult and isolating. The Sunshine Centre responds to this by creating a trusting environment that allows for personal growth and/ or change for individuals.
We recognise that safeguarding is greater than protecting children and adults from significant abuse. It is also about individual’s safety and providing an avenue of support and a listening ear. Risk assessments, the environment, staffing levels, behaviour of others, Health and Safety, home environment, policies and local knowledge are all key aspects of keeping children and families safe. Our working practice addresses these aspects fully.
Safeguarding is high on The Sunshine Centre’s agenda. Enhanced Criminal Record Checks (CRB) is obtained for all staff, Directors and volunteers. Students who are not eligible to be CRB checked are subject to a risk assessment. Employing agencies of our partners confirm that their staff have an up to date and clear CRB check. We have robust policies in this place that are fully involvement. Induction of staff, students and volunteers ensure they understand; the importance of safeguarding, name of the designated safeguarding staff member and key policies are read. All staff are trained attend and keep up to date their safeguarding training.