SAFEGUARDING DECLARATION 2018
Autism Wessex believes that no child or adult should ever experience abuse or neglect and that the organisation has a responsibility to safeguard all service users, including children and adults and any others with whom they may come into contact. The organisation is also fully committed to take appropriate action when safeguarding concerns are identified. This declaration outlines the commitment of the Autism Wessex Board of Trustees to safeguarding and protecting children and adults at risk.
Autism Wessex has robust safeguarding arrangements and governance structures in place, which comply with the Children Act, 2004, the Care Act, 2014 and other key legislation and guidance. The organisation is also fully compliant with the Charity Commission Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities, 2017 and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulation 13, which requires regulated organisations to safeguard people who use services from suffering any form of abuse or improper treatment while receiving care and treatment.
Autism Wessex has a Board level lead for safeguarding and a Designated Safeguarding Lead, who are provided with appropriate training and support. There are safeguarding assurance processes in place, including the provision of quarterly and annual written safeguarding reports to the Board. The organisation has safeguarding children and adults policies and procedures, which are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect national and local legislation and guidance and best practice. All Autism Wessex staff and volunteers are provided with safeguarding training, appropriate to their roles and safeguarding advice and support is available from the Designated Safeguarding Lead. The organisation is committed to effective inter-agency information sharing and partnership working, to ensure that children and adults are protected from harm and receive high quality services.