This Children and Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy sets out the approach of Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation to preventing and reducing harm to children and vulnerable adults when they are in contact with Committee members and volunteers.

This policy aims to:

  • Promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults;
  • Provide assurance to parents, carers and other parties that the Committee takes reasonable steps to manage risks and keep children and vulnerable adults safe;
  • Ensure that Committee Members and volunteers understand their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with the necessary information, training and support on safeguarding matters;
  • Ensure that appropriate action is taken in the event of any allegations or suspicions regarding harm to children or vulnerable adults arising from contact with Committee members, students or volunteers.

Key facts

Neither members of the Committee nor our volunteers are expected or permitted to work with children or vulnerable adults except in the presence of a teacher, parent, carer or other responsible person who can monitor our activity.

As a result we do not submit our members or volunteers to the UK government’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

Methods

This Policy seeks to manage effectively the risks associated with activities and events involving children and vulnerable adults by:

  • Ensuring that members of the Committee and our volunteers are aware that they must never work with children or vulnerable adults except in the presence of a teacher, parent, carer or other responsible person who can monitor our activity.
  • Completing a risk assessment for each event which involves identifying risks and means of reducing or eliminating these;
  • Implementing the required actions identified by the risk assessment process and reviewing the effectiveness of these on a regular basis;
  • Requiring new Committee members and volunteers to familiarise themselves with the content of this policy.
  • Requiring Committee members and volunteers to report any allegations or suspicions of inappropriate behaviour either to the Chair of the Committee or to the Lord Mayor’s Office who will consider the information available and decide on the appropriate course of action.