The safety of our members is of utmost importance to the Labour Party. This page provides information on how you can report a safeguarding concern to the party. The definition of a safeguarding concern is:
When there is information that a child, young person, or an adult at risk has been harmed, or is at risk of being harmed, by their own or someone else’s behaviour.
The below page lays out the principles of safeguarding reporting, how to report a concern and who it should be made to, as well as other organisations that can be contacted for advice.
Recognise – that a child, young person or adult at risk is being harmed or might be at risk of harm
Respond – appropriately if a child, young person or adult at risk tells you about what is happening to them or somebody else
Report – your concern. Don’t keep it to yourself or try to deal with it on your own
Record – your concern and who it has been reported to
It is important that safeguarding concerns are reported promptly so that the report can be assessed and action taken to protect the people involved. Members of staff, volunteers, members or elected representatives of the Labour Party must report safeguarding concerns to the Regional Safeguarding Lead or the Safeguarding Unit no later than the next working day that the concern is raised or received. The Safeguarding Unit telephone number is 0207 783 1134.
If any person is at immediate risk of harm or requires medical attention the emergency services should be contacted immediately by telephoning 999. Once the safety and welfare needs of the individual have been addressed the Safeguarding Unit must be contacted as soon as practical.
There are a number of ways to report a safeguarding concern:
- Members, volunteers and elected representatives can report safeguarding concerns to their Regional Safeguarding Lead (RSL) who will offer advice and guidance and will escalate the report to the Safeguarding Unit
- Staff members, volunteers, members and elected representatives can report safeguarding concerns to the Labour Party Complaints Team who will record the concern and refer it to the Safeguarding Unit
- Staff members, volunteers, members and elected representatives can also report safeguarding concerns directly to the Safeguarding Unit
- Members of the public, the police service and/or Local Authority Services can report safeguarding concerns via the Complaints team or directly to the Safeguarding Unit
The below flowchart illustrates the options for reporting a safeguarding concern:
If a member of the public, police or Local Authority Services reports a safeguarding concern to another individual or unit of the organisation it must be referred to the Safeguarding Unit for assessment no later than the next working day.
A safeguarding concern must not be investigated by any individual within the Labour Party except in cases where the Safeguarding Unit has received the report, assessed the information and agreed, in writing, with a party unit, for example the Disputes team or a regional office, that they will start an investigation.
Any member of staff, volunteer, member and elected representative can contact the Safeguarding Unit for advice, support or guidance via the email address above.
If for any reason the Safeguarding Unit cannot be contacted, the following organisations can be contacted for advice:
- Concern about a child or young person – the NSPCC helpline can be contacted for advice and guidance. The helpline is available twenty-four hours a day by telephoning 0808 800 5000
- Concern about an adult at risk – you should contact the Local Authority Services for Adult Social Care. Use their website to find the Local Authority Services for your area
- Children and young people can contact Childline which is available twenty four hours a day by telephoning 0800 1111 and all calls are free
- Anyone can contact the Samaritans for support. They are available twenty four hours a day by telephoning 116 123 and all calls are free