JNCC is committed to creating a safe and rewarding environment for all of its staff and for those with whom it works. This means we have a robust safeguarding policy to ensure everyone is treated properly, and a whistle blowing service so concerns can be raised confidentially. Some of our staff carry out roles that require them to work with people who might be considered to be at higher risk of harm, including children and vulnerable adults. We have a zero-tolerance approach to breaches of our safeguarding policies and thoroughly investigate all alleged breaches.
Our safeguarding policy aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of staff and others, including volunteers, irrespective of their position. We regularly review our policy and continually maintain the highest standards of safeguarding by monitoring guidance from the UK government and developments within the NGO sector. We also offer comprehensive safeguarding training to our senior managers.
At JNCC, we recognise the particular responsibility we have to protect our staff and the people we work with from sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA). Each of our programmes has its own risk assessment. Safeguarding is included as a specific risk for our organisational risk register and for any programmes working with vulnerable adults or children. Our safeguarding policy makes clear that this applies to partners and contractors. It is our responsibility to make sure our staff, operations and programmes do no harm to children and adults at-risk nor expose them to abuse or exploitation, and to ensure that we protect our staff and those with whom we work at all times, including protecting staff from inappropriate behaviour such as bullying and harassment.