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Safeguarding guidance

The bpf are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and to supporting our members to recognise, share and report safeguarding concerns. Safeguarding legislation may vary between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We recognise that we all have a duty of care to safeguarding children and adults at risk from harm, including abuse and neglect.  Our safeguarding policy sets out our commitment to: ensuring that practices are in place which protect and safeguard the welfare of children and adults at risk from harm and creates a safer environment that promotes wellbeing and safety; that our staff understand the importance of safeguarding children and adults at risk and that we have processes in place to keep them safe; and that we will provide advice and support to our staff and members to fulfil our commitment to safeguarding children and adults at risk.

Safeguarding children, adults and those vulnerable to radicalisation

If you think a child or adult is at immediate risk of harm to themselves or others, contact the police on 999.

If you are worried about the safety and welfare of a child or adult at risk, or you are concerned that they are at risk of abuse and / or neglect, you should:

AND report your concerns to one of the following statutory bodies:

Please note that reporting concerns should NOT be delayed by waiting for a meeting with your Supervisor, the primary duty of care is to protect and prevent future harm, both the NSPCC and the local safeguarding board will be able to advise on whether your concerns meet their threshold for further action.

Sharing information must be necessary, proportionate, relevant, adequate, accurate, timely and secure and only necessary for the purpose for which you are sharing it.  Where possible, information should be shared with consent, although this may not always be practicable or appropriate.  It is important that you keep a record of what information you have shared, when, why and to whom. 

If your concern is about your supervisor or another psychotherapist, you should follow bpf‘s complaints procedures. 

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If you contacting the bpf because you are concerned that a child or ‘adult at risk’ may be at risk of abuse or neglect, please do not disclose any personal information about the person in your email.  If you are concerned that the person may be at immediate risk to themselves or others, you should contact the Police immediately.