Voluntary Charter an ‘opportunity’ for better Safeguarding
A wide range of organisations are being encouraged to sign up to a new voluntary Safeguarding Charter – launched by Safeguarding Ireland following extensive consultation.
The Charter provides agencies, charities, care providers and businesses with an opportunity to reflect on and strengthen their approach to adult safeguarding – and to demonstrate this by signing up.
The Charter can be viewed and signed up to at www.safeguardingIreland.org/charter.
Safeguarding Ireland Chairperson Patricia Rickard-Clarke said that the initiative is about respect for the Human Rights of all citizens and an ‘opportunity’ for better safeguarding.
“This voluntary Charter sets out how all relevant organisations – particularly those in health, justice, social care and finance – can promote a culture and practices that uphold rights and freedoms regardless of age, race and ethnicity, religion or none, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic group, disability, or status of residency.
“Signatory organisations can display the Charter at their premises or on their website, as a visible statement of the organisation’s intent to promote and achieve adult safeguarding.”
Signatories give their commitment to:
- Promote people’s rights and freedoms
- Treat people with dignity and respect
- Make services as accessible as possible
- Ensure equality and inclusion
- Train volunteers to meet safeguarding commitments
- Report safeguarding concerns appropriately
- Assign a safeguarding champion
- Back up commitments with policies and procedures.
As it is a voluntary Charter, Safeguarding Ireland will not be inspecting organisations but will follow up should any concerns be raised about a signatory.
Adult Safeguarding is the promotion and protection of the right to live in safety. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experiences of abuse, neglect and exploitation. More information at www.safeguardingireland.org
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.
Safeguarding Ireland is an independent organisation, registered with both the Companies Registration Office and the Charities Regulatory Authority. Its main objective is to promote safeguarding of adults who may be vulnerable, protect them from all forms of abuse by persons, organisations and institutions and develop a national plan for promoting their welfare. This is achieved by promoting inter-sectoral collaboration, developing public and professional awareness and education, and undertaking research to inform policy, practice and legislation.