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Safeguarding FAQs

What is your safeguarding mission?

What are the indicators that abuse may be occurring?

If I contact The Salvation Army will my concern be taken seriously?

Will you tell anyone if I tell you that I have been abused?

Who can I talk to if I have been abused or suspect someone is being abused?

What do I do if I think that a child is in immediate danger?

What other support is available?

 

What is your safeguarding mission?

We believe that every human being, created and valued by God should be given respect, dignity and neighbourly love and we are committed to the safeguarding of every adult, child and young person participating in our programmes.

We want to provide a safe environment which promotes emotional well-being and where protection from abuse is of vital importance. We believe that children, young people and adults should be empowered to ‘have a voice’ and have access to information to support them in their decisions.

We believe that all children and adults at risk without exception have the right to protection from abuse regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs.
Our priorities for ALL are to be: safe, respected and valued:

Secure
We want everyone to feel safe whilst in our buildings and participating in our programmes.

Respected
Everyone is important and we expect that the communities that we work in give dignity to all without discrimination.

Valued
We believe we are all created and valued by God therefore we will actively seek to prevent, identify and report incidents of abuse.

What are the indicators that abuse may be occurring?

Abuse of Children and Young People

The following definitions and indicators are not intended to be exhaustive but are a tool for identifying children and/or young people at risk of abuse. It is also important to remember that one or two indicators in isolation do not mean that the child/young person is being abused. Indicators must be considered in context and within the individual’s circumstances. The main types of abuse are:

•   Physical abuse
•   Sexual abuse
•   Emotional abuse
•   Neglect 
•   Female genital mutilation (FGM) (for further information please refer to the NSPCC or the government website
•   Bullying/cyber-bullying
•   Domestic abuse
•   Modern slavery including child trafficking (for further information on modern slavery, also known as human trafficking please refer to our specialist site here
•   Radicalisation
•   Grooming (including online grooming and bullying)

When we talk about child abuse, this refers to anyone under the age of 18 so that includes young people as well as children.

Abuse of Adults

Adults and elderly people may also be vulnerable to abuse and this can be in many forms:

  • Physical 
  • Sexual 
  • Psychological and emotional 
  • Financial 
  • Neglect 
  • Discriminatory 
  • Institutional 
  • Spiritual
  • Modern Slavery (for further information on modern slavery, also known as human trafficking please refer to our specialist site here
  • Radicalisation 

For more information on all of the above please read our Signs and Symptoms of Abuse leaflet here.

If I contact The Salvation Army will my concern be taken seriously?
Yes. We believe that abuse is never acceptable and we will always take concerns and allegations of abuse seriously.

Will you tell anyone if I tell you that I have been abused?
Most importantly, we want you to be safe. To help and protect you we will need to ensure that you have the best support available which may mean we have to inform the police or Social Care services which we would hope to do with your knowledge and consent. We would pass on information if we believe a crime has been committed.

Who can I talk to if I have been abused or suspect someone is being abused?
If you have any concerns regarding past of present incidents, please contact us on telephone number 020 7367 4772 or at safeguarding@salvationarmy.org.uk 

If you would like further support, advice or counselling there are also organisations that can help.

What do I do if I think that a child is in immediate danger?
If you suspect that someone under 18 is in immediate danger you should call the police. If you are not sure what to do you can also contact ChildLine and they will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

What other support is available?
There are many organisations that can provide information and offer support, advice and counselling. If you feel this would be helpful please contact one of the following

Adults

Action on Elder Abuse    
0808 808 8141    
www.elderabuse.org.uk 

Age UK
0800 169 2081
www.ageuk.org.uk

The Silver Line    
 0800 470 8090  
www.thesilverline.org.uk 

Children and Young People

NSPCC
(National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)    
0808 800 5000
www.nspcc.org.uk 

ChildLine    
0800 11 11  
www.childline.org.uk