Safeguarding Statement

SMASH is an organisation that is responsible for providing wellbeing services to children and young people, and clearly understands its responsibility for making exemplary safeguarding arrangements.

As a children and young person’s charity, we have a responsibility to safeguard all of the children and young people that we work with and therefore adhere to policies and procedures relating to both child and adult safeguarding practice.

At SMASH we are committed to safeguarding all of those in our care and will work cooperatively with other agencies to ensure that any risk to those we work with is acknowledged and responded to professionally and timely way.  We have policies in place which inform the organisation, and individuals within it, on how to respond to situations where abuse is suspected and how to work together to promote the welfare of children and young people.

Our staff and volunteers are aware through mandatory training, regular supervision and informal support of their own duty, and the duty of other statutory and voluntary agencies, to safeguard children and young people and promote effective inter-agency working.

We are informed by Government guidance called “Working Together to Safeguard Children” 2018  and we work in accordance with the Children
Act 1989/ 2004, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Care Act 2014 along with other relevant legislation.

SMASH will continue to work to national and local safeguarding policy and procedures in conjunction with other statutory and voluntary agencies and we are committed to keeping up-to-date with changes in safeguarding policy.

If you have a safeguarding concern relating to someone working or volunteering for SMASH you need to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Helen Fisher, by email: helen@teamsmash.org.uk