It is important for groups working with children, young people and/or adults at risk to ensure that they are aware of the responsibilities placed on them, both by specific legislation and the common law duty of care.
The Management Committee is ultimately responsible for ensuring that these obligations are met. By so doing, they will help to safeguard, not only these vulnerable groups, but also the organisation, its staff and its volunteers.
The obligations placed on organisations are designed to ensure that they:
a) recruit suitable people to care for children, young people and adults at risk; and
b) operate on the basis of good practice policies and procedures in order to minimise the risk of harm to those in their care. More...