We have an organisational duty to ensure the protection of children and vulnerable adults from anyone involved in our work.
The safety and security of children and vulnerable adults is our main priority and we are committed to doing all we can to protect them all forms of violence or abuse. We have effective measures in place to ensure that the risks of harm as a result of our work is minimised; and that any concerns are reported and dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Children and adults with disabilities are at particular risk of harm, abuse or exploitation, due to the multiple barriers that prevent them from protecting themselves or reporting abuse. As such, our staff are more likely to uncover existing concerns that expose beneficiaries to additional risks. We also recognise that some activities will increase the instances of interactions between children and adults in homes and at schools, with our beneficiaries also more susceptible to forms of abuse by their peers following their enrolment in schools. We are committed to the consideration of these risks in any project design, delivery or visit to ensure the protection of children with disabilities.
Safeguarding, Consent and Communications
In order to communicate and celebrate the impact of our work, we use imagery of children and young people with disabilities that we work with. While this is an important aspect of our work, we understand the risk associated with this and are committed to ensuring we do not cause harm or cause a loss of dignity for those whose imagery we use.
We are extremely careful about the use of imagery and case studies, ensuring that full, informed consent is granted by the individual and their parents where possible. All our case studies are anonymised to protect the identity of the individuals and we choose to portray positive and empowering images of children with disabilities, rather than focussing on more negative perspectives. If we have any concerns that the child is not able to consent or does not understand, we will not use the content. We also choose to impose a life-span on any consent given. After 3-years, new consent will be sought for any case study or imagery we want to continue using or the content will be removed from our systems. In addition, any individual has the right and the opportunity to ask us to withdraw their imagery and information at any time.