General Email address:           enquiries@logosdevelopmentcic.co.uk 

Chair of the Board: Mr Gilbert R Pomell / Email: enquiries@logosdevelopmentcic.co.uk 

Safeguarding Coordinator Name: 

Gilbert R Pomell 

Safeguarding Coordinator Contact Telephone / Email: 

07501 465 642 

Company Number:     

10882154 

LOGOS Mission: 

  • To provide an empowering environment that ENSURE adults, children and young people will be valued, respected, heard and above all safeguard: 
  • To encourage and support all parents, carers, and significant others 
  • To ensure that all those with supervised and unsupervised access to young children are provide with training and support in line with delivering a service 
  • To ensure that robust procedures are in place to provide DBS for all volunteers  
  • To maintain good links with statutory social care agencies such as children’s and adult services 

LOGOS Positional Statement:

LOGOS Limited takes its responsibility seriously to, protect and safeguard the welfare of adults, children and young people that we may become involved with. 

Safeguarding is an integral component of good corporate governance 

We have legal and moral duty of care to do all we can to protect children from harm. Wherever a vulnerable person works or whatever their circumstances may be, they have the right to be cared for and protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation.  Supporting this right is the essence of safeguarding.   

Safeguarding is often only associated with educational establishments or environments that care for children.  However, every organisation has employees or business partners who directly or indirectly engage with children or vulnerable adults either in their place of work or in the community. Examples may be working directly with them as colleagues or at commercial venues, social events, in studios during a video or photo shoot, when travelling on company business, volunteering, or supervising them as interns or apprentices. If any organisation is working in the community or committed to improving or developing their positive impact on society, safeguarding policies and procedures will be needed.  

Our commitment:

At LOGOS Limited we recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults.  We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect.  We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.  We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse.   They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.”   

The LOGOS Board and volunteers have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance.  We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.   

The policy and any attached practice guidelines are based on the ten Safe and Secure safeguarding standards published by thirtyone:eight. 

The LOGOS Board undertakes to:  

  • endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures, in addition to the international conventions outlined above. 
  • provide on-going safeguarding training for all its volunteers and will regularly review the operational guidelines attached. 
  • ensure that the premises meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant legislation, and that it is welcoming and inclusive. 
  • support the Safeguarding Coordinator in his work and in any action, he may need to take in order to protect children and adults with care and support needs.

Section 2: Prevention 

Understanding abuse and neglect  

Defining child abuse or abuse against an adult is a difficult and complex issue. A person may abuse by inflicting harm or failing to prevent harm. Children and adults in need of protection may be abused within a family, an institution or a community setting. Very often the abuser is known or in a trusted relationship with the child or adult. 

In order to safeguard those with whom we engage with, we will adhere to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and have as our starting point as a definition of abuse, Article 19: 

1. States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.  

2. Such protective measures should, as appropriate, include effective procedures for the establishment of social programmes to provide necessary support for the child and for those who have the care of the child, as well as for other forms of prevention and for identification, reporting, referral, investigation, treatment and follow-up of instances of child maltreatment described heretofore, and, as appropriate, for judicial involvement.  

Also, for adults the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights with particular reference to Article 5: 

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. 

Detailed definitions, and signs and indicators of abuse, as well as how to respond to a disclosure of abuse, are included here in our policy. 

Safer recruitment:

The Board will ensure all Board Members and volunteers will be appointed, trained, supported and supervised in accordance with government guidance on safe recruitment.  This includes ensuring that: 

  • There is a written job description / person specification for the work of the volunteer 
  • Those applying have completed an application form and a self declaration form 
  • Safeguarding has been discussed at interview 
  • Written references have been obtained, and followed up where appropriate 
  • A disclosure and barring check have been completed where necessary (we will comply with Code of Practice requirements concerning the fair treatment of applicants and the handling of information) 
  • Qualifications where relevant have been verified 
  • A suitable training programme is provided for the successful applicant 
  • The applicant has completed a probationary period 
  • The applicant has been given a copy of the organisation’s safeguarding policy and knows how to report concerns. 

Safeguarding training:

The Board is committed to on-going safeguarding training and development opportunities for all volunteers, developing a culture of awareness of safeguarding issues to help protect everyone.  All our volunteers will receive induction training and undertake recognised safeguarding training on a regular basis. The Board will also ensure that children and adults with care and support needs are provided with information on where to get help and advice in relation to abuse, discrimination, bullying or any other matter where they have a concern. 

Management of Volunteers – Codes of Conduct 

As a Board we are committed to supporting all volunteers and ensuring they receive support and supervision. All volunteers have been issued with a code of conduct towards children, young people and adults with care and support needs. 

Section 3: Practice Guidelines 

As an organisation working with children, young people and adults with care and support needs we wish to operate and promote good working practice. This will enable volunteers to run activities safely, develop good relationships and minimise the risk of false or unfounded accusation.  

As well as a general code of conduct for volunteers we also have specific good practice guidelines for every activity we are involved in and these are attached or in the appendices. 

Working in Partnership: 

The diversity of organisations and settings means there can be great variation in practice when it comes to safeguarding children, young people and adults. This can be because of cultural tradition, belief and religious practice or understanding, for example, of what constitutes abuse. 

We therefore have clear guidelines regarding our expectations of those with whom we work in partnership, whether in the UK or not. We will discuss with all partners our safeguarding expectations and have a partnership agreement for safeguarding.  

We believe good communication is essential in promoting safeguarding, both to those we wish to protect, to everyone involved in working with children and adults and to all those with whom we work in partnership. This safeguarding policy is just one means of promoting safeguarding.  

Section 4: Responding to allegations of abuse  

Under no circumstances should a volunteer or worker carry out their own investigation into an allegation or suspicion of abuse.  Follow procedures as below: 

  • Documenting a concern:  

The worker or volunteer should make a report of the concern in the following way: 

  • The person in receipt of allegations or suspicions of abuse should report concerns as soon as possible to:  

Name: Gilbert R Pomell (hereafter the “Safeguarding Co-ordinator”)  

Tel: 07501 465642 

Email: enquiries@logosdevelopmentcic.co.uk 

The above is nominated by the LOGOS Board to act on their behalf in dealing with the allegation or suspicion of neglect or abuse, including referring the matter on to the statutory authorities.  

  • In the absence of the Safeguarding Co-ordinator or, if the suspicions in any way involve the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, then the report should be made to:

Name: (Sonia Campbell – hereafter the “Deputy”)  

Tel:  07794 674070 

Email: enquiries@logosdevelopmentcic.co.uk 

If the suspicions implicate both the Safeguarding Co-ordinator and the Deputy, then the report should be made in the first instance to: 

thirtyone:eight PO Box 133, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7UQ.  

Tel: 0303 003 1111.   

Alternatively contact Social Services or the police.  

The Safeguarding Co-ordinator should contact the appropriate agency or they may first ring the thirtyone:eight helpline for advice.  They should then contact social services in the area the child or adult lives. 

Name of local authority: Birmingham City Council 

Children’s Social Services: The Children Advice and Support Service (CASS) 

Adult Social Services:

Police Protection Team Tel: 0121 626 5000 

The Safeguarding Co-ordinator may need to inform others depending on the circumstances and/or nature of the concern:

  • Chair or Deputy responsible for safeguarding who may need to liaise with the charity commission to report a serious incident. 
  • Designated officer or LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) if the allegation concerns a worker or volunteer working with someone under 18. 

Suspicions must not be discussed with anyone other than those nominated above. A written record of the concerns should be made in accordance with these procedures and kept in a secure place. 

Whilst allegations or suspicions of abuse will normally be reported to the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, the absence of the Safeguarding Co-ordinator or Deputy should not delay referral to Social Services, the Police or taking advice from thirtyone:eight. 

The Board will support the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Deputy in their role and accept that any information they may have in their possession will be shared in a strictly limited way on a need to know basis. 

It is, of course, the right of any individual as a citizen to make a direct referral to the safeguarding agencies or seek advice from thirtyone:eight, although the Board hope that members of the place of the CIC will use this procedure. If, however, the individual with the concern feels that the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Deputy has not responded appropriately, or where they have a disagreement with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator(s) as to the appropriateness of a referral they are free to contact an outside agency direct.  We hope by making this statement that the Board demonstrate its commitment to effective safeguarding and the protection of all those who are vulnerable. 

The role of the safeguarding co-ordinator/ deputy is to collate and clarify the precise details of the allegation or suspicion and pass this information on to statutory agencies who have a legal duty to investigate.  

Detailed procedures where there is a concern about a child: 

Allegations of physical injury, neglect or emotional abuse.  

If a child has a physical injury, a symptom of neglect or where there are concerns about emotional abuse, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Deputy will: 

  • Contact Children’s Social Services (or thirtyone:eight) for advice in cases of deliberate injury, if concerned about a child’s safety or if a child is afraid to return home.   
  • Not tell the parents or carers unless advised to do so, having contacted Children’s Social Services. 
  • Seek medical help if needed urgently, informing the doctor of any suspicions.   
  • For lesser concerns, (e.g. poor parenting), encourage parent/carer to seek help, but not if this places the child at risk of significant harm.  
  • Where the parent/carer is unwilling to seek help, offer to accompany them.  In cases of real concern, if they still fail to act, contact Children’s Social Services direct for advice.  
  • Seek and follow advice given by thirtyone:eight (who will confirm their advice in writing) if unsure whether or not to refer a case to Children’s Social Services. 

Allegations of sexual abuse:

In the event of allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Deputy will: 

  • Contact the Children’s Social Services Department Duty Social Worker for children and families or Police Child Protection Team direct. They will NOT speak to the parent/carer or anyone else. 
  • Seek and follow the advice given by thirtyone:eight if for any reason they are unsure whether or not to contact Children’s Social Services/Police. Thirtyone:eight will confirm its advice in writing for future reference.  

Detailed procedures where there is a concern that an adult is in need of protection: 

Suspicions or allegations of abuse or harm including; physical, sexual, organisational, financial, discriminatory, neglect, self-neglect, forced marriage, modern slavery, domestic abuse. 

If there is concern about any of the above, Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Deputy will: 

  • Contact the Adult Social Care Team who have responsibility under the Care Act 2014 to investigate allegations of abuse. Alternatively thirtyone:eight can be contacted for advice. 
  • If the adult is in immediate danger or has sustained a serious injury contact the Emergency Services, informing them of any suspicions. 

If there is a concern regarding spiritual abuse, Safeguarding Co-ordinator will: 

  • Identify support services for the victim i.e. counselling or other pastoral support 
  • Contact thirtyone:eight and in discussion with them will consider appropriate action with regards to the scale of the concern. 

Allegations of abuse against a person who works with children/young people 

If an accusation is made against a worker (whether a volunteer or paid member of staff) whilst following the procedure outlined above, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, in accordance with Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures will:  

  • Liaise with Children’s Social Services in regards to the suspension of the worker 
  • Make a referral to a designated officer formerly called a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) whose function is to handle all allegations against adults who work with children and young people whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.  
  • Make a referral to Disclosure and Barring Service for consideration of the person being placed on the barred list for working with children or adults with additional care and support needs. This decision should be informed by the LADO if they are involved. 

Allegations of abuse against a person who works with adults with care and support needs 

The safeguarding co-ordinator will: 

  • Liaise with Adult Social Services in regards the suspension of the worker 
  • Make a referral to the DBS following the advice of Adult Social Services 

The Care Act places the duty upon Adult Services to investigate situations of harm to adults with care and support needs. This may result in a range of options including action against the person or organisation causing the harm, increasing the support for the carers or no further action if the ‘victim’ chooses for no further action and they have the capacity to communicate their decision. However, this is a decision for Adult Services to decide not the ENTITY (CIC). 

Section 5: Pastoral Care 

Supporting those affected by abuse 

The Board is committed to offering pastoral care, working with statutory agencies as appropriate, and support to all those who have been affected by abuse who have contact with or are part of the CIC /organisation.