We have a Child and Adults at Risk Safeguarding Policy, which applies to all employees, elected members, volunteers, contractors, grant-aided organisations and those using our facilities irrespective of their function, remit or role.
Safeguarding is any activity which prevents harm from occurring or protects individuals who have been harmed; the safeguarding policy reinforces our commitment to zero tolerance to any form of abuse.
The policy covers areas from recruitment and vetting of personal to training and reporting concerns to codes of conduct.
We are a Safe Employer so victims of domestic abuse/violence will be assisted.
Throughout the council area there are Safe Places premises. A sticker is displayed prominently. Within these victims of domestic abuse/violence can access contact numbers from which they may seek professional advice or assistance.
Reporting safeguarding issues
Within Northern Ireland there are Gateway and mental health teams that can assist. The PSNI also has a role to play in safeguarding.
Organisation contact details for reporting concerns to:
PSNI Emergency 999 Non-emergency 101
South Eastern Trust -Children’s Gateway Team Phone 0300 100 0300 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)