GIFT’s twin objectives are to educate people to live a life of giving and to help those in the community for whom our volunteers can make an immediate difference.
GIFT is providing you with this information to ensure we raise your awareness of these issues. The Rules and Regulations (specific to Helping Hand visits) are to be adhered to by volunteers at all times.
Safeguarding is a widely used term in organisations such as GIFT which works with families, young people and children. It’s a generic term that describes responsible adults doing what is necessary to protect children in their different environments such as home, schools etc.
We undertake a risk assessment in each family home that you may visit, however it is important that you are aware that some children, no matter what faith or level of religiosity may suffer from abuse.
The Children Act 1989 – Child Protection, Section 47 states a Local Authority has a duty to investigate where a child in their area is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and to decide on appropriate action to safeguard or promote the child’s welfare.
Abuse comes in a variety of forms:
Abuse can impact a child’s life severely. If at any time, during the time you are volunteering visits you have any serious concerns about the how a child in the family is being treated, you must report it to Keren Heller 07541 417 768 or Shira Joseph 07801953207 from GIFT. They will automatically report it to GIFT’s Managing Director and the JFT’s (Jewish Futures Trust) Designated Safeguarding Officer who will make a decision about what to do next.
The welfare and safety of any child within a home you visit as well as own safety is of paramount importance. Should you feel uncomfortable about any situation you must leave immediately and report your concerns. Reporting concerns is the right thing to do – whatever the outcome, your will not be treated any differently by GIFT and you will be able to continue to volunteer for a different family.