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Photograph of the Volunteer Cornwall safeguarding team

Volunteer Cornwall believes that everyone has a right to contribute to and receive support from society free from the fear of abuse or harm and to able to work or volunteer with children, young people or adults without the risk of good intentions being misconstrued. We also recognise that, when working with children, young people and adults, it is the individual’s welfare that is paramount, and our over-riding aim is to conduct our activities in a way which will keep them safe from harm and exploitation and uphold their rights.

All staff and volunteers are required to work within Volunteer Cornwall’s code of behaviour designed to safeguard children, young people and adults from harm and follow the procedures in reporting concerns. This means being able to:

  • Recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns.
  • Respond appropriately to a disclosure.
  • Respond appropriately to allegations against staff or volunteers, other adults and against themselves.
  • Understand and implement safe practice in carrying out their duties.

Our goal is to be an exemplary organisation in the voluntary sector in Cornwall on the issue of safeguarding. To help us on that journey, we have set up a Safeguarding Champions group, chaired by Emma Rowse (who is also the Chair of our Trustee Board) and made up of staff with additional safeguarding responsibilities within the organisation.

We also have 3 Designated Safeguarding Officers who can be contacted by our volunteers and staff at any time to discuss safeguarding issues and concerns. They are:

Andy Brelsford - 07779 724402

Marianne Wright - 07968 706102

Heidi Channell - 07866 536735

If as a volunteer for, or receiver of services from, Volunteer Cornwall, you are involved in or witness anything which gives you cause for concern about your own or someone else's welfare, please do not hesitate to contact Andy, Heidi or Marianne to discuss further. Your concerns will be treated in strict confidence and it will in no way affect your relationship with us.

You can also download a full copy of our Safeguarding Policy below: