Safeguarding Vulnerable People

This statement was adopted by the group in August 2013

Friends of Marple Memorial Park recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the legal framework of the Children Acts 1989 and 2004.

We are aware that many children and young people are the victims of different kinds of abuse and that they can be subjected to social factors that have an adverse impact upon their lives – including domestic violence, substance misuse, bullying, child prostitution and ritualistic abuse. We aim to create a safe environment within which children and young people can thrive and adults can work with the security of clear guidance.

Under the terms of the Children Act 2004 anyone under the age of 19 is considered to be a child/young person.

This statement is for the use of all paid staff, volunteers and visitors. We will make them available to the parents and carers of the children and young people to whom we offer a service. Through them, we will endeavour to ensure that:

  • Children and young people are listened to, valued and respected
  • Staff and volunteers are aware of the need to be alert to the signs of abuse and know what to do with their concerns
  • All paid and unpaid staff are subject to rigorous recruitment procedures
  • All paid and unpaid staff are given appropriate support and training

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Friends of Marple Memorial Park is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone associated with the organisation and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Friends of Marple Memorial Park has a responsibility to ensure that anyone who is taking part in an activity or event that Friends of Marple Memorial Park is promoting, supporting or is clearly associated with, is safe.

This means that one of the issues it needs to consider is Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks (formerly CRB Checks). Where DBS checks are required they must be enhanced and current (less than 3 years old).

Those working with under 18’s must have a current enhanced check.

Those working with vulnerable adults in an unsupervised setting must have a current enhanced check.


In order to comply with this statement it is the policy of the Friends of the Park that any children or vulnerable people working with the group must be accompanied by a responsible adult, carer, or suitably checked supervisor.