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Safeguarding

Safeguarding means making sure that adults with care and support needs, and children and young people under the age of 18, in contact with the MS Society, are protected from abuse.

See Group Handbook A5: Health and safety

What is abuse?

Abuse can mean being physically or sexually harmed, being frightened or neglected. Although encountering abuse is rare, it is important that it is never ignored.

You may become aware of abuse if you:

  • witness a form of abuse
  • suspect someone is being abused
  • are told about abuse by a person with MS or someone they know
  1. Safeguarding adults: Specific types of abuse and their indicators - this guide list the different types of abuse or harm and how to recognise them.

Safeguarding adults

What to do if you become aware of abuse

All volunteers have a duty to report safeguarding concerns to a member of the Safeguarding Responders Group. Email safeguarding@mssociety.org.uk or call your National Office and ask to be put through.

  1. Use this form to report a safeguarding concern - Record of safeguarding concern and actions form

  2. Safeguarding adults: A guide for MS Society volunteers - this guide is for MS Society volunteers who may need to raise a safeguarding concern. This may occur whenever you come into contact with people with MS, either in person, by phone or by email during the course of your volunteering activities.

  3. Responding to adult safeguarding issues: A guide for MS Society lead volunteers - this guide is for lead volunteers, who may be approached to report a safeguarding concern. Lead volunteers include Group Coordinators, Lead Support Volunteers and volunteers leading group events or activities.

Policies

  1. Safeguarding adults policy and procedure (England and Wales)
  2. Safeguarding adults policy and procedure (Northern Ireland)
  3. Safeguarding adults policy and procedure (Scotland)

Safeguarding children and young people

No member of staff or volunteer would normally undertake regulated activity with children or young people as part of their role with the MS Society, but from time to time, children and young people may come into contact with our services.

What to do if you become aware of child abuse

As with adults with care and support needs, you have a duty to report safeguarding concerns relating to a child or young person to a member of the Safeguarding Responders Group. Email safeguarding@mssociety.org.uk or call your National Office and ask to be put through.

  1. Safeguarding children and young people: recognising child abuse - this guide list the different types of child abuse and how to recognise them.

  2. Safeguarding children and young people: making a referral - use this guidance when reporting a child safeguarding concern.

Policies

  1. Safeguarding children and young people policy and procedure (England, Northern Ireland and Wales)
  2. Safeguarding children and young people policy and procedure (Scotland)

Need support?

You must report safeguarding concerns to a member of the Safeguarding Responders Group. Email safeguarding@mssociety.org.uk or call your National Office and ask to be put through.

  1. Get contact details for your National Office

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