Ripple Effect is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and protecting them from all abuse. Ripple Effect is committed to operating within the existing reporting structures present in every community, and to support the strengthening of the community so that all to ensure greater awareness of the needs of every child and vulnerable adult, so that everyone is safe.
We believe that it is never acceptable for children or vulnerable adults to experience abuse of any kind. We expect all our staff to operate in a manner that protects and enables a safeguarding culture within Ripple Effect. Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility within our organisation.
Welfare and Rights of Children and Vulnerable Adults Statement
Ripple Effect will endeavour to ensure that the welfare and rights of children and vulnerable adults are paramount in all policies and procedures. All actions on child safeguarding are taken in the best interests of the child. Safeguarding the best interests of the communities we work with is our priority at all times.
In particular we recognise that a key element in working to safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults is the promotion of their rights. We affirm our belief in the right of all children and vulnerable adults to be protected from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states: “Parties shall protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse” (Article 19).
Code of Conduct
All staff and volunteers in their contact with children and vulnerable adults are expected to interact in a mature, capable, safe, caring, and responsible manner, with high levels of accountability. This includes staff who are in direct face to face contact with children and vulnerable adults, and staff who are in indirect contact with children and vulnerable adults, for example through handling or processing their data.
All staff and associates working with children and vulnerable adults are in positons of trust. It is therefore vital that staff and associates ensure that they do not, even unwittingly, use their positon of power and authority inappropriately.