ISRRT through its voluntary activities has a duty of care in relation to the protection of children and vulnerable adults and will ensure that staff engaged on projects and activities are suitable when such work involves vulnerable groups including children.

All children and vulnerable adults have a right to protection and ISRRT will therefore cooperate and adhere with local country legislation when delivering projects to ensure that it identifies candidates who may be unsuitable for certain jobs, especially work that involves vulnerable groups including children.

The ISRRT will ensure the safety and protection of all children and vulnerable adults by adhering to the following guidance:

  • Confirming that criminal records checking has been undertaken by the relevant institution supporting the volunteer.
  • Compiling a register of all approved volunteers
  • The responsibility will include any young person or vulnerable adult whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious us belief and or sexual identity.
  • All suspicious and all allegations of abuse or poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

Definitions:

 Child - defined as a person under age 18 (The children’s Act of 1989)

Vulnerable Adult- defined a person who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability , age or illness and who is or maybe unable to take care of him or herself or unable to  protect of him or herself or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploration

Reference and further reading, http://www.acm.ac.uk/safeguarding-children-young-people-vulnerable-adults-policy-procedures/