Makants Greyhound Rescue Safeguarding Children Policy
Makants Greyhound Rescue NW (MGR) rehabilitates and rehomes greyhounds
once they have retired from racing. MGR is an independent charity, run solely
by volunteers. An increasing number of these volunteers are young people, and
MGR recognises the value that they play in the development of the charity.
MGR believes that no young person should suffer abuse of any kind. MGR has a
responsibility to promote the welfare of children and young people and keep
them safe. MGR are committed to practice in a way that protects them at all
times. The trustees have put in place a policy that will be reviewed annually and
which applies to all trustees, volunteers and anyone working on behalf of the
Requires each child or young person who wishes to volunteer for MGR to first
read and sign a Volunteer Policy and Agreement and for the Parent or Guardian
of the child to sign the document where indicated. In doing so, this gives
consent for the child named to carry out volunteer duties for the MGR under
Requires children under 16 to be accompanied and under the direct supervision
of a parent or guardian at all times when volunteering for MGR
Permits children over 16 but under 18 years of age to volunteer at a public
event (any event open for the general public, e.g. a show, fundraising event or
kennel open morning) without being accompanied or supervised.
Requires children over 16 but under 18 years of age to be supervised when
volunteering at a non-public event (e.g. carrying out day-to-day duties at
kennels). This supervision must be by either a parent or guardian or by a MGR
This policy requires all trustees and volunteers to treat all children and young
people with respect, to use appropriate language and demonstrate appropriate
behaviour in their presence and to celebrate their achievements.
MGR will ensure that any concerns and allegations are responded to
immediately by the Designated Safeguarding Officer and are dealt with in a
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was established in 2012 and carries
out the functions previously undertaken by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). It helps to prevent
unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.
There is no legal obligation for all MGR volunteers to undergo a DBS check.
However, when an adult volunteer is regularly (i.e. more than once a week)
supervising a child volunteer at a private event then the adult volunteer should
first be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Dealing with concerns
When there are concerns about the welfare of any child, all adults in the
charity are expected to share those concerns with the Lead Person for
Safeguarding and the Founding Trustee.
The Lead Person for Safeguarding (Sue Sewell 07794 463249) is responsible
Monitoring and recording concerns.
Making referrals to children’s social care services without delay.
Liaison with other agencies.
Concerns about the behaviour of adult/s in the organisation must be referred
without delay to the Lead Person for Safeguarding who will contact the Local
Authority Designated Officer (LADO) at Children’s’ Social Care Services, or
the Police in an emergency.
In the event that the concerns are about the Lead Person or if the Lead Person
is unavailable, it is important to refer to the Deputy Lead Person for
Safeguarding. Should this not be appropriate, any member of the charity may
personally refer the concerns directly to the LADO.
All registered volunteers, regardless of age, are covered by the Charity's
public and products liability insurance. This indemnifies volunteers against legal
liability to pay damages arising out of accidental injury to any person and/or
accidental damage to property.
If you have any questions or would further information about this policy, please
contact the founding Trustee of Makants Greyhound Rescue NW (Siobhan
Hoppley) on 07960 561988.