Our Responsibility to our young people
Our mission at the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is to help support young people in recovery from cancer, helping them to re-build their confidence and re-engage with life after treatment finishes.
We run residential and sailing trips with young people aged 8 – 24 years old, the sailing trips are broken into two age groups; 8-17 and 18-24.
Incredible volunteers are the reason every year more and more young people in recovery are able to join a Trust trip, and keep coming back each summer.
The nature of what the Trust does means that our volunteers work closely with the young people on our trips. Because of this the Trust has a vigorous safeguarding policy in place to protect the young people that join us.
The welfare and safety of the young people on our trips is of paramount importance. All volunteers are *DBS (England and Wales) or *PVG (Scotland) checked and undertake safeguarding training. We know however we cannot be complacent – we review our polices and code of conduct annually and implement new training with staff and volunteers when required.
As a young person’s charity, we are particularly aware that there can be people who will try and use us to get access to those young people and we have safeguards in place to ensure this doesn’t happen
We have implemented a ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ whistleblowing policy within the charity, updating all staff and volunteers on how they can safely report any concerns or incidents, past or present.
We will always report any breaches of our policies to safeguard children, or abuse vulnerable adults, to the Charity Commission and to the appropriate authorities.
*DBS – The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)
*PVG – The Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership scheme is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. It helps makes sure people whose behaviour makes them unsuitable to work with children and/or protected adults, can’t do ‘regulated work’ with these vulnerable groups.