The Academy for Healthcare Science is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects its registrants and anyone who works for the Academy, including the management board members and senior managers, paid staff, contractors, volunteers / sessional workers, agency staff and students, to share this commitment.
The overarching principles that guide the AHCS approach to safeguarding, are that:
- A child, young person or vulnerable adult should never have to experience abuse of any kind
- The AHCS has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults to keep them safe
- AHCS registrants and staff are committed to practice in a way that protects these persons.
- Applicants for registration must have completed an education programme reflecting our standards and requirements, which include safeguarding.
- Registrants must undertake training in line with their employing organisation’s requirements and to ensure they have an understanding within their personal scope of practice.
Our policy is based on law and guidance that seeks to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults, including:
- Children Act (1989 & 2004)
- United Convention of the Right of the Child 1991
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Data Protection Act 2018
- Relevant Government guidance on safeguarding in line with the Care Act 2014 and the fundamental standards that are part of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014
- Equivalent law and guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child is paramount, as displayed in the Children Act 1989, and some children are especially vulnerable due to the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, their communication needs or other issues
- All vulnerable people, regardless of their age, disability, gender, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from harm
- Working in partnership with young people, their parents, vulnerable adults, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting the welfare of those we need to
The Academy of Healthcare Science will aim to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe by:
- Valuing them, listening to them and respecting them as individuals
- Implementing thorough safeguarding procedures which adopt child protection best practice for anyone who works for the AHCS
- Providing effective management for anyone who works for the AHCS through supervision, support and training
- Recruiting staff using safer recruitment best practice, ensuring all necessary checks are completed
- Sharing information about child protection and safeguarding good practice with registrants and the public
- Informing all AHCS registrants and staff of policies and safeguarding expectations
- Sharing details of all concerns and incidents of suspected or known abuse with relevant agencies, including employers, other regulators and accredited registers and the Care Quality Commission.
The AHCS is committed to reviewing safeguarding policy and good practice guidance annually.