(including the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse)
Safeguarding is the responsibility that organisations have to make sure that their staff, operations and programmes do no harm (Keeping Children Safe, 2014). Safeguarding is a term used to describe how we protect adults, children and young people from abuse or neglect. It is an important shared priority of many public facing services.
Safeguarding is about protecting certain people who may be in vulnerable circumstances. These people may be at risk of abuse or neglect due to the actions (or inactions) of another person/organisation. In these cases, it is vital that organisations work together to identify people at risk and put steps in place to help prevent abuse or neglect (Office of the Public Guardian, 2017).
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine recognises its role in safeguarding and protecting beneficiaries, research participants, patients and communities with whom we have direct and indirect contact through our work and also in protecting any vulnerable staff, students, volunteers and other representatives
We endorse and support the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, (UN, 1948); the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child,(UNICEF, 1989); the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, (UN, 1993) and of the UN Global Compact (UN, 1997).
We will develop our procedures and processes for safeguarding with due consideration of the following key standards:
- Inter-Agency Standing Committee Minimum Operating Standards on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse(2008)
- Keeping Children Safe, International Child Safeguarding Standards(2014)
The LSTM full policy and procedure on Protecting Children & Vulnerable Adults including the LSTM Safeguarding incident disclosure form are attached at the bottom of this page.