Future Foundations is committed to protecting the welfare of every person as they participate in Future Foundations’ services and/or activities. Future Foundations understands its responsibility to comply with legislation and will constantly monitor developments in this field. However, Future Foundations recognises that the best protection for all people participating in our programmes is the vigilance and forethought of staff and volunteers in preventing circumstances where abuse of trust could occur. To that end, Future Foundations will strive to create a safe and secure environment where service users, volunteers and staff can work together confidently in mutual respect.
Future Foundations’ volunteers are required to abide by the Volunteer Code of Conduct and, as part of that Code of Conduct, are required to notify Future Foundations of any police record or other factor which may make that person unsuitable to work with vulnerable people. In addition, vulnerable people who are service users will be given behaviour guidelines to enable them to avoid placing themselves in vulnerable situations, or circumstances which could lead to misunderstandings. The information contained in these guidelines is adapted to suit the age group and ability of the people at whom it is aimed.
Future Foundations will ensure that the Codes of Conduct, and the organisation’s child protection and vulnerable adult procedures are continually monitored, developed and maintained and are appropriately communicated throughout the staff and volunteer network. Staff (and where applicable, volunteers) throughout the organisation are responsible for ensuring that they are familiar with the Codes of Conduct, guidelines and procedures of the organisation, and that new staff and volunteers are appropriately inducted.
Future Foundations maintains several policies and procedures geared towards abuse prevention that include, but are not limited to the following topics:
- Criminal Records Bureau Check, List 99 and potentially others
- Careful selection, training and supervision of staff and volunteers
- Employee and Volunteer Disciplinary Process
- Continuing education for staff
- Procedure for reporting suspected abuse
- Staff Code of Conduct
- Volunteer Code of Conduct
- Safer recruitment procedures
- Whistle-blowing policy
- Directors risk assessment associated with staff and volunteers
All staff and volunteers will receive induction training, which will give an overview of the organisation and ensure they know its purpose, values, services and structure. Relevant training and support will be provided on an on-going basis, and will cover information about their role, and opportunities for practising skills needed for the work.
Training on specific areas such as care and welfare of vulnerable people, identifying and reporting abuse, and confidentiality of personal information will be given as a priority to new staff and volunteers, and will be reviewed annually (along with the policies) by an external expert advisor.