SAFEGUARDING

Our policy:

Morning Star Trust (MST) is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people (CYP) and adults with care and support needs and ensuring their well-being. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with CYP and adults with care and support needs. 

We believe that all with whom we work should be valued, safe and happy.  We want to make sure that those we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are experiencing significant harm. We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of CYP/adults at risk of harm and abuse. 

We will report any such abuse that we discover or suspect. We recognise that the personal dignity and rights of all with whom we work and will ensure that our policies and procedures will reflect this. 

We are committed to:

  • Following our guidelines in relation to safeguarding CYP and adults and will ensure that as an organisation all workers will work within the agreed procedure of our safeguarding policy. 

  • Implementing the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005, Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant legislation. 

  • Supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work. 

  • Ensuring that we are keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding. 

  • Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this organisation. 

  • Supporting all those affected by abuse. 

We recognise:

  • Children’s Social Services has the lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child or young person.  Adult Social Care has the lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult with care and support needs. 

  • Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency. 

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. 

  • We will review this statement and our policy annually. 

If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult (in association with The Morning Star Trust), then speak to one of the following who have been approved as safeguarding co-ordinators for MST. 

Safeguarding Co-Ordinator:

Alex Coakley – 07784224663 – alex.coakley@mst.org.uk 

Deputy Safeguarding Co-Ordinator:

Toby Humphreys – 07575385814 – toby.humphreys@mst.org.uk 

Head of Safeguarding, Trustee:

Martina La Trobe-Bateman – 07555140954 – martina.latrobebateman@gmail.com

We are working in co-orperation with ThirtyOne:Eight as our safeguarding advisors to help protect those we work with.

Morning Star Trust: A Company Limited by Guarantee, Number 2412804. 

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