The Topic of the month at IPS International this February 2021 is Safeguarding.
What is Safeguarding?
The term Safeguarding is broader than ‘child protection’ and relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, protecting them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, working together to:
- protect young people* and vulnerable adults* from abuse and maltreatment
- prevent harm to young people and vulnerable adult’s health or development
- take action to enable all young people and vulnerable adults to have the best outcomes
Why do we need Safeguarding?
Safeguarding means protecting young people and vulnerable adults at risk from harm, abuse and neglect. All health services, health professionals and education professionals have a duty to safeguard all patients and learners and to provide additional measures to those who are less able to protect themselves from harm, abuse and neglect.
* Young people – Are people up to the age of their 18th Birthdays.
* Vulnerable Adults – Have reached the age of 18 and are the following:
- Receiving any form of health care (is receiving a service/participating in an activity which is specifically targeted at people with age-related needs, disabilities or prescribed physical or mental health conditions)
- Expectant/nursing mothers living in residential care,
- A person with age-related needs, including those with frailty, illness, disability or mental capacity.
Who needs to be safeguarded at IPS?
All learners, please be aware you have the right to be safeguarded and can talk to anyone at IPS about an issue you have, especially if you feel at risk at work.
What to do if you feel at risk at work?
Some large employers have designated safeguarding officers, do you know who they are? If not, have you got a mentor you can talk to? Your employer has a responsibility to you.
Don’t worry if you do not know who you should talk to in the workplace if you have a safeguarding concern. Remember you can always raise this with your Trainer or the IPS Safeguarding Officers.
Speak Up and Speak out
If you feel at risk in your working environment, speak out. Don’t wait for your next Trainer visit. It’s important you avoid leaving yourself in a risky situation.
Taking Care of your Wellbeing
We all have the right to a good healthy life and during these times we may be feeling stressed, depressed or anxious but there are things we can do to help:
- Talk about how you feel with a friend, family member, or even your Trainer/IPS Safeguarding Officer if you want this to be confidential. Just talking and getting things off your chest can be a significant relief. Help is always available
- Listen to yourself. If you are worried, stressed or feeling anxious know that this is a normal reaction to the situation but understand there are ways that help ease this. Talking is important and remember there are helplines out there for support
- If people around you are talking about the current situation but this is causing you stress, remove yourself from the conversation or ask for the subject to be changed. It is natural for people to want to discuss this issue, but it is important to ensure that we are not inducing more anxiety
- Stay connected with people, particularly if you go into self-isolation. It is important to maintain contact with friends/family which can be done through social media, calls or email. We don’t want isolation leading to loneliness
- Create a plan or a to-do list, this is something that can keep you busy, whilst being productive
- Exercising – helps to release all those important endorphins which boosts our mood and gets rid of the feelings of anxiety. You don’t even need any equipment and there are a lot of online free workouts to follow if you want some ideas
- And breath…
Do you know who the Safeguarding Officers are at IPS?
Do not hesitate to contact them about any problems or queries. Remember no queries are silly.
If you have a safeguarding issue please raise it initially with your IPS trainer or their Senior Manager. Alternatively, you can make contact with one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers.
IPS Safeguarding Officers
01634 298800 or 01304228180
Their information is on the IPS Safeguarding card. If you do not have a card please ask your Trainer to provide you one.
Where to get additional support and advice?
If you need any additional help or guidance please talk to an IPS Safeguarding Officer, we can refer you to sources of support or use the links below to help:
Remploy Service, Tel: 0300 456 8210
Mind – Tel: 0300 123 3393