The Green Party of England & Wales - Safeguarding Policy
This Safeguarding Policy was adopted by the Green Party Executive in March 2019. It is subject to regular review, based on best practice.
The policy was last reviewed in October 2019. The next review is scheduled for September 2020.
1.0 Introduction and purpose of this document
No child, young person or at risk adult should have their welfare compromised through their involvement with the Green Party. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that we have in place systems, processes, and clear responsibilities across the Green Party for the protection and safeguarding of all children, young and at risk adults, who come into contact with the Party in its activities. Our aim is to provide clarity for those volunteering and employed to know how to develop a safeguarding culture as well as knowing how to raise concerns and take action if they are concerned about any aspect of safeguarding.
The Green Party is committed to developing a Party culture whereby all Green Party members feel empowered to report safeguarding concerns in the knowledge that they will be appropriately acted on.
The Green Party is committed to developing ever more effective systems for safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.
This Safeguarding Policy is delivered through the Green Party’s Safeguarding Procedures.
2.0 How do we define safeguarding?
Safeguarding is a preventative and precautionary organisational approach to planning and procedures required to protect children and adults at risk from actual or potential harm resulting from their contact with any part of the organisation. Safeguarding involves recognising signs of physical or emotional abuse or neglect, or any circumstances that might facilitate these, reporting those concerns and acting appropriately on them.
3.0 Who does this policy aim to protect?
The policy applies to children, young people and adults at risk.
For the purpose of this policy, children are defined as anyone under the age of 14. Department for Education guidance on safeguarding children can be found here.
Young people are defined as people between the ages of 14 and 17.
An adult at risk is any person who is aged 18 years or over and at risk of abuse or neglect because of their needs for care and or support. Further NHS guidance of safeguarding at risk adults can be found here.
The Green Party is committed to following the Six Principles set out by The Care Act 2014 to underpin the safeguarding of adults at risk:
- Empowerment - People are supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.
- Prevention - It is better to take action before harm occurs.
- Proportionality - The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
- Protection - Support and representation for those in greatest need.
- Partnership - Services offer local solutions through working closely with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
- Accountability - Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.
The Care Act also provides definitions of abuse, which can be found here.
The Green Party is also committed to the principles of empowerment for adults at risk set out in the Mental Capacity Act, and to making safeguarding personal (ensuring that adults at risk are asked what they want to happen following a concern, that their wishes are taken into account and they are informed of actions being taken).
The Green Party’s Safeguarding Policy is embedded at every level of the Green Party, through the following safeguarding procedures:
- All Green Party members are responsible for abiding by the Safeguarding Commitment, requiring them to immediately report any concerns about the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. Green Party staff members are also required to agree to the Safeguarding Commitment.
- All Chairs of local Green Parties are responsible for ensuring that the policy is implemented within their local party on how to maintain safe boundaries for all children, young people and adults at risk involved in their local Party, and how to immediately report any concerns they are made aware of.
Every Green Party region has a safeguarding champion, who supports local parties in the region to implement the safeguarding policy. The Young Greens also have a safeguarding champion.
- The Chief Executive of the Party serves as the Green Party’s Safeguarding Officer and receives and acts upon all reports of concern about the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.
- The Green Party Executive has an Executive Lead for Safeguarding who is responsible for offering advice and support on the development and implementation of the Policy
- The Green Party Executive is responsible for overall implementation of the policy alongside Green Party Regional Council, who has responsibility for wider party welfare.
- The Disciplinary Committee is responsible for investigating and making decisions on any disciplinary cases that arise from breaches of the Safeguarding Commitment.