Group think• Templates lead to template thinking• Procedures lead to procedural thinking• Avoid even have a box within which to think
Safeguarding• “The term ‘safeguarding’ describes the broader preventative and precautionary approach to planning and procedures that are necessary to be in place to protect children and young people from any potential harm or damage.” Keeping it Safe, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, 2002• This is an example of where safeguarding is collapsed into a procedure
Information is powerDocuments & InformationIf you are to working with an existing organisation, make sure you have got:• A volunteer policy (including the reimbursement of expenses)• Health and Safety policy• Child Protection policy (if you are planning to work with under eighteens) and/or Vulnerable Adults policy• Insurance policies, especially public liability insurance• Equal opportunities policy• eSafety (internet safety) policy• Confidentiality and data protection policies• Harassment policy• Complaints and discipline policy• Facilities and provision for disabled volunteers It’s not just a good idea. It’s the law.
Risks of harmRisk of harm can be posed by actions and inactions in many different situations such as:• intimidation and other threatening behaviours;• behaviours resulting in injury, neglect, abuse, and exploitation by self or others;• the use of medication;• the misuse of drugs or alcohol;• aggression and violence;• suicide or self-harm;• a person’s impairment or disability; or• accidents, for example, whilst out in the community or participating in a social event or activity. And the list will go on.....................................................
Working with Risk: 1st Law of Thermodynamics• Energy can be neither created nor destroyed. It can only change forms.• In any process in an isolated system, the total energy remains the same.Or, in our world, the 1st Law of Risk Dynamics:RISK does not go away, it just changes form
Working with RiskThe assessment and management of risk should promote the independence, real choices and social inclusion of vulnerable adults;• Risks change as circumstances change;• Risk can be minimised, but not eliminated;• Information relating to vulnerable adults, activities, relationships and circumstances will sometimes be incomplete and possibly inaccurate;• ‘Defensible’ decisions are those based on clear reasoning;• Risk-taking can involve everybody working together to achieve positive outcomes;• Confidentiality is a right, but not an absolute right and may be breached in exceptional circumstances when people are deemed to be at serious risk of harm or it is in the public interest
Risk management options• In descending order• Avoid the risk: If the level of risk cannot be satisfactorily reduced through other means, you may decide not to engage in a particular activity or provide a particular service.• Control the risk: involves implementing measures to both reduce the likelihood of a harmful• event occurring and to minimise the impact of such an occurrence.• Resource the risk: It is important to provide resources to meet the liabilities caused by the risks when they are identified.• Transfer the risk: This typically happens when an organisation decides to have a qualified third party carry out a particular activity so that the risk is transferred to him/her.• Accept the risk: Tolerate the risk, perhaps because no reasonable action can be taken to mitigate it or the likelihood of the risk occurring and its impact are at an acceptable level.
What risk management is NOT:• a process that you finish• a document to submit to someone else• a paper chase• that which gathers dust on a shelf• done by experts for you• a bore
BE HONEST: BE YOURSELF• Do you feel out of your depth?• Is there something you are not clear about?• Do you feel uncomfortable?• Do you see someone else looking uncomfortable? THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
The results of these assessments(throughout your volunteering activity) are to be included in your portfolio