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Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Child and Adult Safeguarding Policy

Everyone has a fundamental right to be safe. Whatever the cause, and wherever it occurs, harm caused to children and adults by abuse, exploitation or neglect is not acceptable. Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (the Council) strive to prevent harm to children and adults from abuse, exploitation or neglect and emphasises that safeguarding is everyone’s business.

We recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all individuals by making a commitment to prevent harm from occurring and to protect them as far as is reasonably practicable.

The Council have developed a Child and Adults Safeguarding Policy, which applies to all employees, elected members, volunteers, contractors, grant-aided organisations and those using our facilities irrespective of their function, remit or role. 

There is an expectation that all employees will work in partnership as they apply this policy to their work with children and adults who may be at risk of harm or in need of protection.

The Policy includes:

  • Reporting guidelines
  • Recruitment and vetting of personnel
  • Employee Code of Conduct i.e. what is expected of employees when dealing with children
  • Types of abuse and their commonly accepted definitions

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council's Children & Adults Safeguarding Policy

The appointment of a designated Safeguarding Manager and the formation of an interdepartmental Safeguarding Working Group highlight the Council's commitment to Safeguarding.

 

Designated Safeguarding Officers

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have a Designated Safeguarding Manager and 17 Designated Safeguarding Officers. These officers have received specific training to support them in their role.


Designated Safeguarding Manager

Jennifer Buckley (Human Resource Manager)

Antrim Civic Centre

50 Stiles Way

Antrim

BT41 2UB

Telephone: 028 90 340084

Email: [email protected]
 

Safeguarding Guidance for Contractors and Suppliers

All contractors and suppliers are expected to adhere to the Council’s Policy and confirm that they will do so in procurement documentation, this applies if Contractors have their own safeguarding policy or not. Contractors should refer to the policy documentation as above and we would encourage our contractors to have their own Safeguarding Child and Adults at Risk policy.

 

Other important contacts which you may find useful with regards to safeguarding include:

RELEVANT TRUST  

Northern Health and Social

Care Trust

The Cottage

4 Greenmount Avenue

Ballymena

County Antrim

BT43 6DA

Tel: 0845 6012333

Fax: (028) 2563 3733

Children’s Gateway Team

Monday to Friday 9am to 5.00pm

0300 1234 333

Out of Hours

02895 0499 99

Police Service of Northern Ireland

101 – Non Emergency

999 – emergency only

Adult’s Gateway Team

Monday to Friday 9am to 5.00pm

02825 635512

Out of Hours

02895 0499 99

INFORMATION AND TRAINING

Our Duty to Care

Annsgate House

70-74 Ann Street

Belfast

BT1 EEH

Tel: 028 9023 6100

Youth Net

The Warehouse

7 James Street South

Bedford Street

Belfast

BT2 3JH

Tel: 028 9033 1880

Child Care NI

216 Belmont Road

Belfast

BT4 2AT

Tel: 028 9065 2713

Mencap

Segal House

4 Annadale Avenue

Belfast

BT7 3JH

Tel: 028 9069 1351

NIPPA

6C Wildflower Way

Apollo Road

Belfast

BT12 6TA

Tel: 028 9066 2825

Kidscape

12 Buckingham Palace Road

London

SUW 9TR

Sports Council NI

House of Sport

Upper Malone Road

Belfast

BT9 5LA

Tel: 028 9038 1222

Disability Action

189 Airport Road West

Belfast

BT3 9ED

Tel: 028 9029 7880

ADVICE AND COUNSELLING  

NSPCC

Child Protection Helpline

24 hours, call free

Tel: 0800 800500

Childline (NI)

PO Box 111

Belfast

BT1 7DZ

Tel: 028 9032 7773

Freephone: 0800 1111

Contact Youth

2A Ribble Street

Belfast

BT4 1HW

Tel: Youthline Freephone

0800 8088000 (4-9pm)

Nexus Institute 

Awareness of Abuse

119 University Street

Belfast

BT7 1HP

Tel: 028 9032 6803

Independent Safeguarding Authority

Tel: 0300 123 1111

Access Northern Ireland

Brooklyn

65 Knock Road

Belfast

BT5 6LE

Tel: 0300 200 7888

E-mail: [email protected]

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence/abuse is a crime. It is socially harmful and disruptive and can impinge on work attendance and performance and ultimately health and wellbeing.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is a Safe Employer. Victims of domestic abuse/violence will be assisted. Throughout the Borough Safe Places have useful contact numbers available for victims of domestic abuse/violence from which they may seek professional advice or assistance. Examples of Safe Places are Antrim Civic Centre, Mossley Mill, Leisure Centres and other Council premises. A sticker is displayed prominently in these premises to show they are Safe Places.

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council Domestic Violence Policy

Safe Community

The Council is committed to raising awareness of domestic violence in the community through the work of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership. In promoting Safe Community, the Council is committed to developing safer communities to connect people with local resources and support that enable them to resolve their own problems and challenges.

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Safe Employer

This policy demonstrates the Council’s commitment as a Safe Employer, and maintaining Gold Workplace Charter Status, by providing guidance for employees and managers to address the occurrence of domestic violence and its effects on the workplace. The Council continues to work in partnership with ONUS to achieve Safe Borough status.

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Safe Places

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Deputy Mayor, Councillor Noreen McClelland and Joan Cowan Head of Human Resources receiving the Workplace Charter Gold Award from Onus.