All of our Staff and Volunteers are required to adhere to the following polices and procedures:

Equal Opportunity Policy

  • SimpleGifts is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to all users, volunteers and staff. Staff and volunteers are expected to actively implement this policy.

  • All staff and volunteers will be considered on their own merits and abilities to do the work they wish to do. Neither staff, volunteers nor users should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, religion or sexual orientation.

  • SimpleGifts believes that all staff, volunteers and users should be treated with dignity and respect

  • SimpleGifts also aims to involve all staff, volunteers and users in the decision making involved in running SimpleGifts.

  • Any member of staff, volunteer or user who feels they have been discriminated against or treated disrespectfully should discuss this with a member of staff. If it cannot be immediately resolved, the incident will then be discussed at a committee meeting and a decision will be made about the appropriate action to take. Any person accused of behaving in a way which is discriminatory or harassing may be asked to leave the centre, but before this they will have the opportunity to put across their point of view to the committee, accompanied by a third party, if desired.

Health and Safety Policy

Our statement of general policy is:

  • To provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities

  • To consult with our employees and volunteers on matters affecting their health and safety

  • To provide and maintain safe plant and equipment

  • To ensure safe handling and use of substances, such as for cleaning

  • To provide information instruction and supervision for employees

  • To ensure all employees and volunteers are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training

  • To prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health

  • To maintain safe and healthy working conditions

  • To review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.

How simplegifts Cares About and For Children, Youth & Vulnerable Adults

OUR “PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS” POLICY STATEMENT

The following statement was agreed by the SimpleGifts: Unitarian Centre for Social Action
Steering Committee and Staff on: 12th September 2013

  • This organisation is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their well‐being.

  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of children, youth & vulnerable adults and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

  • We recognise the personal dignity and rights of children, youth and vulnerable adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures will reflect this.

  • We believe all participants should enjoy and have access to every appropriate aspect of the life of this organisation.

  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with children, youth and vulnerable adults.  

  • We believe every child and youth should be valued, safe and happy.  We want to make sure that children and young people we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.

We are committed to:  

  • Following statutory and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults and will ensure that as an organisation all staff and volunteers will work within the agreed procedure of our safeguarding policy.

  • Implementing the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005 and all other relevant legislation.

  • Supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.

  • Ensuring that we are keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.

  • Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this organisation.

  • Supporting all in the organisation affected by abuse.

We recognise:

  • Children’s Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child.  Adult Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a vulnerable adult.  

  • Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police will be contacted as a matter of urgency.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.  

We will review this statement and our policy annually. If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then speak to one of the following who have been approved as safeguarding co-ordinators for this organisation.