Information for everyone
All those arriving from the Ukraine will be suffering a degree of trauma and may be very vulnerable. It is likely there will be a high number of women and children, and some of those children will be unaccompanied. These people will be at a very high risk of exploitation, and it is incumbent on all of us to ensure their safety. Even though there may be a lot happening quite quickly, don’t be tempted to skip processes at this time – safeguarding policy must always be complied with. Good safeguarding practice is the foundation on which we can provide the safe environment that is needed and expected.
- Be aware of and alert to signs of abuse In particular, be aware of the signs you might see in relation to Modern Slavery.
- Report any concerns following the normal processes
- Ensure information about statutory services, helplines, local charities, the Clewer Initiative etc are all up to date and prominently displayed. Consider whether it is possible to have these translated.
- Update risk assessments of activities where necessary and ensure these are undertaken for new groups or activities planned
- New volunteers must go through the Safer Recruitment process if they will be having substantial contact with children and vulnerable adults