Integro Counselling Safeguarding Policy 2020

Integro Counselling has a responsibility to safeguard all clients, children, vulnerable adults and public who may be in harmful circumstances. This may be that you or someone you know is at risk of abuse or neglect due to the actions of another person. It is vital and lawful * that we work with public services to follow safeguarding principles and put steps in place to help identify, prevent and respond to abuse or neglect.

It is our priority to gain consent from you to share information with relevant authorities about raised concerns of personal risk. Through discussions with you about all the risks we will explain the potential short and long-term consequences of a decision not to give consent for a safeguarding referral. If we deem that you have capacity to decide that you do not want any action to be taken, and there is no child or vulnerable adult protection issue, vital risk to life or public safety, then we will respect your wishes.

As mentioned above, wherever possible we will seek to establish consent from you to share information relating to disclosures of abusive or neglectful episodes. However, if we feel that you are not in a position to give informed consent we may need to use our judgement and override consent in order to protect you and/or public safety.

In essence abuse is the misuse of power and seeking to control another individual. Abuse can occur in any relationship or establishment and may result in significant harm, exploitation and a violation of yours, a child’s, vulnerable adult’s or someone else’s human and civil rights by another person or persons.

Safeguarding is essentially another way of saying ‘keeping children, young people, vulnerable adults and the public safe from harm.’ People can be abused in their own homes, schools, care homes, day centres, workplaces, hospitals, police stations and public places

Abuse can occur in many ways and can include child abuse, abuse of a vulnerable adult, physical abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse, modern slavery (including domestic slavery), human trafficking, discrimination and harassment, organisational abuse, neglect and acts of omission, self-neglect, child trafficking, radicalisation or female genital mutilation.

If you disclose to us that you, a child or vulnerable adult has been subjected to abuse, we will need to ask you some important questions in order to make detailed factual notes of our conversation and precisely what our concerns are. These will include recording the name of any person who has been allegedly abused, any injuries, the name of the abuser, and if appropriate their role, the date and time of incident/s and if you have reason to believe anyone else could be at risk. If the abuse has happened to you we will explain the options available to you. We will ask you what you would like to happen and if you would like support from your local authority to ensure your safety. Wherever possible we want to keep you at the centre of the safeguarding process and ensure that you are aware if we need to notify your local authority. We will keep you updated about what we have done and ask if you feel safe in order to maintain yours and the public’s right to live safe from abuse.

*This document has been written with mindful accordance of lawful legislation:

Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA)

Disability Discrimination Act 2005

Equality Act 2010

Human Rights Act 1998

Children Act 1989 + 2004

The Care Act 2014

Serious Crime Act 2015

General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (underpins DPA 1998)

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