Safeguarding Statement

Inspired is committed to protecting, fulfilling and promoting the rights of vulnerable adolescents and adults. Especially those engaged in our programmes.

We take a rigorous stance on the protection of young adolescents and adults who are identified in Safeguarding and Child Protection related legislation and statutory guidance, namely those who are under and over 18 and are considered vulnerable adults.

We have a responsibility to safeguard their health and wellbeing and to protect them from all forms of harm, including abuse, exploitation and violence.

We seek to ensure that they are treated equally, with dignity and with respect at all times and feel empowered to take an active role in matters which affect them. Every human being has a value and dignity. Everyone has an equal right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs, sexual identity, personality or lifestyle. We recognise that protecting people from harm is both a corporate and an individual responsibility.

All members of staff, volunteers, trustees and consultants acting on our behalf should be proactive in taking appropriate, proportionate, preventative steps to reduce the risk of, or perception of, harm occurring to children, young people and adults at risk. They must always act and respond appropriately to any concerns or allegations of harm. In doing so the primary consideration should always be the best interests of those at risk of or experiencing harm.

All members of staff, volunteers, trustees and consultants acting on our behalf should work in a way which also reduces risk of harm to themselves, their colleagues, to others affected by our work. We are aware that those in positions of trust and responsibility may abuse their power and exploit or harm others. We seek to take action to deal with any abuse and to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust. If an Inspired member of staff becomes aware that a crime has potentially occurred (in whatever jurisdiction) we will consider what steps we can take to support prosecution, where necessary and appropriate.

We will always seek to comply with our domestic statutory duties to protect children, young people and adults at risk. Inspired understands that it has specific duties to children, young people and adults at risk to enable them to make an informed decision before making a donation.

We will not exploit the credulity, lack of knowledge, apparent need for care and support or vulnerable circumstance of any donor at any point in time.

We will not accept donations where we believe the donor may be experiencing vulnerable circumstances; accepting the donation would be ethically wrong and/or harmful to the donor or where we know or have reasonable grounds for believing an individual lacks capacity to make a decision to donate.