An abused 13-year-old girl rings our Helpline.
A mum in one of our Houses has a violent partner.
A volunteer with learning disabilities is joining the team.
How would you keep them safe?
Life’s a national pregnancy support charity. So far in 2020, we’ve helped more than 30,000 people. A lot of the people we help are in difficult situations. They’re vulnerable. So it’s our job to do everything we can to keep them safe – clients, staff, and volunteers. This is called “safeguarding.” And Life’s safeguarding must be top-notch.
What have we done?
This is why we’ve spent the better part of the last year doing a massive safeguarding review. This included:
- Getting expert advice: A complete external audit by an experienced team from the Helplines Partnership.
- A brand-new structure: A better way of working.
- Topping up our knowledge: High-level training for the new safeguarding team.
- Commitment to excellence: A custom-built tool so that we can check our safeguarding regularly.
Why should you care?
You might be wondering why we’re taking the time to tell you this. It might even seem like corporate jargon. But it’s fundamental to who Life is.
- Working to a high ethical standard.
- Keeping everyone safe across our many different departments.
- Committed to caring for everyone we meet.
Your trust in Life is something we take seriously. A client’s trust in Life is something we take seriously. As we pursue our shared mission, we know that the people we help must always come first. That’s why safeguarding is so important. As the Charity Commission recently said:
“No charity is so large, nor is its mission so important that it can afford to put its own reputation ahead of the dignity and wellbeing of those it exists to protect.” – Tina Stowell The Rt Hon Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE, Chair of the Charity Commission
See also: Life – A Trusted Charity