These procedures set out arrangements for responding to safeguarding concerns about those whose work, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, which brings them into contact with children or adults at risk. It also includes individuals who have caring responsibilities for children or adults in need of care and support and their employment or voluntary work brings them into contact with children or adults at risk.
It is intended that these procedures support internal disciplinary procedures and provides guidance to deal appropriately with any concerns or allegations of professional abuse, neglect or harm and to ensure that all allegations of abuse made against staff or volunteers working with children, young people and adults at risk are dealt with in a fair, consistent and timely manner.
The main factor to consider when applying these procedures is whether the individual subject to the allegation or concern, occupies a position of trust; this is where a member of staff / volunteer is in a position of power or influence over a child or adult at risk, by virtue of the work or nature of activity being undertaken.
Reference to children within this document includes any child who has not yet
reached their 18th birthday. The definition of "a child at risk” is set out in section 130(4) of the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 as meaning a child who:
has needs for care and support (whether or not the authority is meeting
any of those needs).
Reference to Adults at risk includes adults aged 18 years and older. The definition of an “adult at risk” is set out in section 126 of the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 as meaning an adult who: