SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
“No child should suffer violence, abuse or exploitation. Children have the same right to protection and care as adults. As fully-fledged rights holders, this is non-negotiable.
(European Agency for Fundamental Rights)
THIS SECTION IS FOR GENERAL GUIDANCE ONLY
We add this section as it is best practice to understand about safeguarding, and as there are no EU standard regulations you should check professional advice in your country or region.
Safeguarding is about protecting children and vulnerable adults are safe from abuse or neglect.
All adults working with vulnerable adults children and young people have a role to play in Safeguarding. This includes adults working for charities or other voluntary organisations, and Community Musicians.
Community Musicians working with vulnerable adults and children working with education and social care providers will come across a variety of different policies and procedures.
It is important that as a Community Musician that you know and understand about these policies, and always when you work within a setting you should always find out who is responsible for Safeguarding.
It is best practice to have some training in Safeguarding and to obtain some sort of proof of identity to show you are a trustworthy person.
As a Community Musician these are some of the things you need to be aware of
- How to keep people safe from abuse/neglect.
- How to protect yourself from false allegations of abuse/neglect.
- How to deal with any person telling you about abuse/neglect
- What are the safeguarding rules in the places you work?
- What sort of certificates or documentation do you need to work with vulnerable adults and children?
- How can you minimise false allegations? e.g avoid working one-to-one, what else?
- Can you find a safeguarding training course?
- Create your own code of conduct.
There are lots of safeguarding courses you can go on. Look out for courses run by
In UK most places will want to see a DBS certificate: The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups.
There are not specific provisions for including safeguarding issues in courses for educators and carers who work with children and vulnerable adults. Nor is easy to find courses on this subject. Some NGOs equipped themselves with specific policies for working with vulnerable groups, but this happens on a voluntary basis only.
Safeguarding regulations refer to specific professions only, and there are no set rules for people working as Community Musicians.
- Safeguarding courses for social & medical assistants: http://www.faxmedia.ro/programe-de-formare/
- ANPCD - National Authority for the Protection of Children: http://www.copii.ro/about-us/mission/?lang=en
- ANPD – National Authority for the Persons with Disabilities: http://anpd.gov.ro/web/
All the above, according to the Romanian Law 197/2012 Quality Assurance of Social Services for Social Protection of Children and Persons with Disabilities: http://anpd.gov.ro/web/despre-noi/legislatie/legi/