IF A CHILD OR VULNERABLE ADULT IS IN IMMIDIATE DANGER
If you are made aware of a Safeguarding Concern, please contact Aaron Bennett, who is our Safeguarding Lead on: 01253 707420
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and is something we take seriously here at Shout Radio. The station has a Safeguarding Officer: Aaron Bennett, who is available 24 hours for Safeguarding advice (and if needed) make referrals to Statutory agencies. (IE: Social Services or Police)
Please speak out, if you are concerned about either a Child or an Adult at risk. Your report can help to protect a vulnerable adult or child from harm.
Types of Abuse
Safeguarding adults is about the safety and well-being of all volunteers and listeners. Safeguarding, allows the local authorities to put in additional measures, for those least able to protect themselves from harm or abuse. It’s important to remember that the welfare of the victim is paramount and their wishes must be taken into account, unless they are able to make decisions for themselves, (“lacks capacity”) or where they are under 18) If possible, you should speak to the adult or child, before you take any action.
What to do if you are made aware of a Safeguarding Concern
During Office Hours: (10am – 10pm Mon – Sunday)
You should immediately call the Police if a Child or Vulnerable Adult is in IMMINENT DANGER. (DIAL 999) and then contact the Safeguarding Lead by Telephone. If there is no imminent danger, please contact the Station Safeguarding Lead by Telephone.
Please be prepared to give as much information as you can, on the Safeguarding concern and details about the victim (and if appropriate) the perpetrator. The more information that can be gathered, will be a great help, when these concerns are passed to the relevant authorities. If you have made any notes, please make sure you email these across to the ‘Duty Inbox,’ (email@example.com) with the Subject line: ATTN: Safeguarding Lead.
Our Office staff will telephone the Safeguarding Lead on his Mobile, if he is not in the office and ask him to call you back. (When calling, state that your call is about a safeguarding concern)
If you get the answerphone, leave a message and who ever is ‘On Duty’ at the time, will get the Safeguarding Lead to phone you as soon as possible. (This will always be the same day where possible)
If you are made aware of a concern out of hours
If it is an emergency, contact the Police on 999. leave a message on the office answerphone, if the concern is not an emergency. Please email across any notes, as stated above.
There is more guidance for Shout Radio Staff, on the Station Intranet.