Oxfordshire Community Foundation takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people under 18, and vulnerable adults involved in its activities. Children, young people and adults at risk are most likely to be severely impacted by the social issues we strive to alleviate; reducing poverty and inequality. Whilst direct contact with children and /or adults at risk is limited for staff, trustees and volunteers at Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF;), we recognise that they are at the very heart of our core work and as such must be at the heart of our Safeguarding policy. It is incumbent upon us to have a policy which serves to identify and deal with any safeguarding red flags. OCF will ensure that any children or adults at risk who encounter OCF staff through the day to day working of the organisation, are protected.
This policy outlines the standard practices that protect children and adults at risk as well as OCF staff, trustees, volunteers and people representing OCF from situations or allegations of abuse and provides procedures that must be followed. The Trustees have delegated day to day responsibility for the implementation of this policy to the Chief Executive Officer. The CEO is required to have sufficient qualification to Level 3 Safeguarding. Where a new CEO is recruited to the organisation, they shall be required to undertake appropriate training within their induction process to be effective in the role as Safeguarding lead. Thereafter this training will be maintained within their CPD.