The English-Speaking Union is committed to safe practices and procedures and a culture of openness and respect. The charity aims to ensure all the activities and services it provides or facilitates are safe, secure and do everything possible to prevent the abuse of children and adults at risk with whom it comes into contact. Where safeguarding concerns are raised the organisation will take swift action to ensure that concerns are acknowledged, correctly managed and reported to the proper safeguarding authorities. The organisation will work together with other organisations responsible for investigating and assessing safeguarding concerns to ensure that wherever possible, any child or vulnerable adult referred to such organisations by us, will be protected.
Whether such contact is face to face or digital, with the organisations employees, volunteers, members or online, every effort will be made to achieve this aim. We believe that a ‘culture of safeguarding’ should imbue everything we do.
We have also issued some additional guidance for online competitions in 2020-21, available here.
Please see also our Whistleblowing and Complaints policies, right.