If you have any Safeguarding concerns please click this Reporting Concerns document.
A ‘Vulnerable Adult’ is defined by the UK Government’s No Secrets framework as: “A person aged 18 years or over who is or maybe in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or maybe unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.”
Download the national Safeguarding Adults in Sport resource pack.
What to do if you are worried about an adult at risk?
As a coach, you are not expected to be an expert, but you do have a responsibility to act if you have any concerns about the behaviour of an adult or a child towards another child or vulnerable adult.
All adults, regardless of age, ability or disability, gender, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status have the right to be protected from abuse and poor practice and to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.
You should always take immediate action by reporting your concerns if you are told by a child or vulnerable adult, or have reason to suspect, that abuse has or is taking place.
Report to the club welfare officer or in a school to the member of staff with designated responsibility.
However if the appropriate person is not available or the matter is urgent you should call the duty officer at social care or the police. Remember social care will also give advice, they are not just there for referrals.
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB)
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board brings together the police, local councils, health organisations, care providers and third sector organisations to make sure safeguarding policies, procedures and working practice are effective in supporting and protecting adults at risk.
The Board’s objective is to improve local safeguarding arrangements and ensure partnerships act to help and protect adults at risk of experiencing neglect or abuse. Safeguarding adults is everybody’s responsibility, and the Board supports its agency partners in ensuring that its workforce are clear about their roles and responsibilities around safeguarding adults.
For more information about Lincolnshire’s Safeguarding Adults Board website.