Our safeguarding policy

This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of directors, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Iris Speaks.


The purpose of the policy is:

  • to protect children and young people who receive Iris Speaks’ services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;
  • to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.


Iris Speaks believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have the responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.


Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:


  • Children Act 1989
  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children


We recognise that:

  • The welfare of a child is paramount, as enshrined on the Children Act 1989
  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young safe by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • developing and implementing an e-safety policy and related procedures
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers, through supervision, support and training
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
  • sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.


This policy was last reviewed on: 1st August 2017


Signed: Zoe Peden