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Scope of Policy and Procedures

This policy and procedures manual covers Ashfield District Council, Broxtowe, Borough Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Gedling Borough Council, Mansfield District Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council, and Southwell Leisure Trust, Rushcliffe Borough Council. Throughout the document they will be known as the ‘organisations’.

This manual covers the organisations functions and services and the operations of partners, contractors and voluntary organisations that deliver services for the Council, through grant or contract arrangements, who must maintain or develop their own safeguarding policy statement and procedures to reflect this manual.

The organisations recognises that Nottinghamshire County Council and the Police are the lead agencies in the District regarding safeguarding children and Adults at Risk. However, it also recognises that everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding, and those employees who come across children, families and Adults at Risk in any aspect of their work have an important role to play in ensuring that the inter agency processes are effective.

The organisations have a specific statutory duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to make arrangements for ensuring that their functions, and services provided on their behalf, are discharged with regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. See Statutory Guidance on Making Arrangements to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children Under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (updated 2007).

The organisations apply the same degree of commitment to the safeguarding of Adults at Risk.

The term ‘employee’ in this context is used to cover employees of the organisations and its partners and contractors, as well as volunteers involved in the delivery of activities in their premises or facilities.

Housing and homelessness staff and others with a front line role such as environmental health officers and those providing sports and leisure services can play an important role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and Adults at Risk as part of their day-to-day work - recognising child welfare issues and the vulnerabilities of some adults, sharing information, making referrals and subsequently managing or reducing risks of harm.

Any employees of the organisations who may become aware of children and Adults at Risk during the course of their work should refer to these procedures which provide the framework within which they all should operate if they have any concerns that safeguarding action may be required.