If, during the course of its work with Big Local, a locally trusted organisation has contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, or has access to information about them, it is responsible for safeguarding those people.
Each locally trusted organisation has signed terms and conditions of funding with Local Trust, which state:
“If the activities you are planning involve working with children, young people, or vulnerable adults (such as elderly people or people with disabilities), you need to be sure that they will be safe. As a minimum, you must have a policy and explain how you will put this into practice. It is your responsibility to have acceptable protection policies and procedures for children, young people, and vulnerable adults in place. Local Trust may ask to inspect these at any time.”
We do not expect Big Local partnerships to run activities independent of their locally trusted organisation which involve working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. However, all people involved in Big Local should be aware of and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). (Gov.uk)
Whether a Big Local volunteer needs a DBS check or not depends on the nature of the volunteer’s role. Organisations only need to carry out checks if a volunteer is in a position where they are working with children or vulnerable adults.
Members of a Big Local partnership will probably not be required to have DBS checks unless they are working directly with children, young people or vulnerable adults. You can’t ask for a DBS check unless there is an appropriate reason for doing so.
There are very specific rules on what types of roles require a DBS check. You can find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-check-eligible-positions-guidance
If it is an emergency, you should contact your local emergency service by dialling 999 and if you are seeking medical attention, ask for the ambulance service if the child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, ask for the police.
If you are worried about a child or vulnerable adult but it isn’t an emergency, don’t wait until you’re certain. If you have any concerns about a child, contact the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) free helpline service to speak to a counsellor (24 hours a day, 365 days a year) on 0808 800 5000 or email: email@example.com
You can contact the NSPCC at any time to discuss concerns about a child, whether it’s your own, a family member, a neighbour or a child in the community.
If you have concerns about a vulnerable adult, contact the Safeguarding Adults Board at your local authority.
If you are concerned about how children, young people and vulnerable adults are protected during Big Local activities, speak to your locally trusted organisation.