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Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility
Welcome to our safeguarding policy which applies to all clubs and districts in Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland. It also applies to everyone working or volunteering with us. Anyone who comes into contact with Rotary should expect to feel safe and respected.
Aim of the policy
The central aim of Rotary GB&I’s safeguarding policy is to inform all Rotary members and the public of:
How we do this
All of our Rotary clubs and districts recognise that the services they provide are used by children and by adults who may be classed as at risk of harm*or may be vulnerable at certain times.
The clubs and districts are committed to ensuring the welfare of children and adults who may be at risk of harm. This involves:
Every possible action is taken to prevent abuse and to deal with it as promptly and effectively as possible if it occurs.
Definition of abuse
We recognise that abuse takes many forms and are vigilant to this:
How we report
Rotary GB&I clubs and districts will report serious concerns relating to abuse to appropriate agencies including the police, social services, local authority designated offiers, district safeguarding officer as well as the Rotary GB&I Compliance Officer. We work in partnership with these agencies to prevent and to deal with abuse of any kind.
The clubs are committed to ensuring that Rotarians, or others who may be supporting Rotary activities that include working with adults at risk of harm and children, have been carefully interviewed and selected, have adopted safe practices, have been appropriately trained and, where required, have had an enhanced DBS check, or other state checking body.
The clubs will undertake enhanced DBS (or other state checking body) checks on all new and existing Rotarians where appropriate for the roles and duties. They do undertake regular education of its members to make sure adults at risk of harm or children are appropriately cared for.
Rotary GB&I does the following:
Rotary GB&I district safeguarding officers
Each year, districts appoint a Rotarian to be the district safeguarding officer and also a Rotarian to be the club safeguarding officer. These officers have suitable experience, training and expertise. There are role descriptions in the Rotary GB& I Safeguarding manual which is available in the compliance section of the Members Area of this website.
The district safeguarding officer ensures all club safeguarding officers within their district receive regular education to minimise any risks.
Rotary GB&I expects ALL members, volunteers and employees to:
Thank you reading and for helping prevent abuse.
For more information, or to raise a concern, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary GB&I – last updated 31st January 2024.
*Definition from Ann Craft Trust