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Safeguarding Policy

1. Introduction

At Verylocals LTD, we are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all individuals associated with our organization, including employees, subcontractors, clients, partners, and the communities we serve. This Safeguarding Policy outlines our commitment to protecting vulnerable individuals and preventing harm.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all employees, subcontractors, clients, partners, and any individuals engaged with Verylocals LTD.

3. Principles

Our commitment to safeguarding is founded on the following principles:

3.1. Protection of Vulnerable Individuals: We will take all necessary steps to protect individuals who may be vulnerable or at risk of harm.

3.2. Prevention: We will implement measures to prevent harm, abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

3.3. Reporting and Responding: We will establish clear reporting mechanisms and procedures for responding to safeguarding concerns.

3.4. Confidentiality: All safeguarding concerns will be treated with utmost confidentiality, and information will only be shared on a need-to-know basis.

3.5. Accountability: We will hold all individuals associated with Verylocals LTD accountable for their actions in safeguarding matters.

4. Responsibilities

4.1. Leadership: The leadership team at Verylocals LTD is responsible for setting the tone and ensuring that safeguarding principles are embedded in our company culture.

4.2. Employees: All employees are responsible for adhering to this policy, reporting safeguarding concerns, and cooperating with investigations.

4.3. Managers: Managers have a duty to promote safeguarding within their teams, address concerns promptly, and take appropriate action to protect vulnerable individuals.

4.4. Clients and Partners: Clients and partners working with Verylocals LTD are expected to adhere to our safeguarding principles and report any concerns related to safeguarding.

5. Identification of Vulnerable Individuals

We recognize that vulnerability can take many forms. Vulnerable individuals may include, but are not limited to, children, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, individuals in care settings, and those at risk of domestic abuse or exploitation. We will remain vigilant in identifying and addressing the needs of vulnerable individuals associated with our organization.

6. Reporting Safeguarding Concerns

All individuals associated with Verylocals LTD are encouraged to report any safeguarding concerns promptly. Reports can be made to line managers, HR, or any appropriate channel provided by the organization. Reports will be handled confidentially and sensitively.

7. Investigation and Action

Upon receiving a safeguarding report, Verylocals LTD will conduct a thorough investigation. If harm is confirmed, appropriate action will be taken, which may include reporting to relevant authorities, providing support to victims, and disciplinary action against perpetrators.

8. Training and Awareness

We will provide training and awareness programs to educate employees and stakeholders about safeguarding principles, signs of abuse or neglect, and reporting procedures.

9. Review and Monitoring

This Safeguarding Policy will be regularly reviewed to ensure its effectiveness and relevance. We will also monitor our safeguarding practices and take corrective actions as needed.

10. Conclusion

Safeguarding is a fundamental principle at Verylocals LTD, and this policy reflects our commitment to protecting vulnerable individuals and preventing harm. We expect all individuals associated with the organization to support and adhere to this policy.

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