Daisy Chain Project Teesside exists to provide support and training to autistic children, young people and adults and their families. As an organisation we believe that it is always unacceptable for a child, young person or at-risk adult to experience any kind of abuse and recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children, young people and at-risk adults at all times. In order to ensure we remain a safe organisation we are committed to carrying out an annual safeguarding audit which focuses on the following four themes:


Our Safeguarding Statement covers all children, young people and at-risk adults. We expect all of our paid staff members, volunteers and the board of trustees to comply with it at all times and are committed to providing regular training to ensure it is understood and embedded into the culture of our organisation.



This policy has been developed within the context of the law and guidance that seeks to protect children, young people and at-risk adults and includes but is not limited to:

  • The Children Act 1989 (as amended 2004)
  • The Children and Social Work Act 2017
  • The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021
  • The Care Act 2014 and Statutory Guidance – revised October 2018
  • Mental Capacity Act (2005)
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Mental Health Act 1983 and the New Code of Practice 2015
  • The Health & Social Care Act 2012


Policy Statement

We believe that everybody has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and at-risk adults and to keep them safe and work in ways that protect them from harm.  We will give equal priority to keeping all children, young people and at-risk adults safe regardless of their age, disability, gender (or gender reassignment), race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.  We also recognise that some children, young people or at-risk adults are especially vulnerable due to the communication barriers caused by ethnic minority or disability.

We will seek to keep children, young people and at-risk adults safe by:

  • Listening to and respecting them.
  • Appointing a Designated Safeguarding Lead and a member of the trustee board who takes lead responsibility for safeguarding at the highest level in the organisation.
  • Writing detailed policies and procedures which will be embedded in the culture of the organisation and which all staff will be regularly trained to understand and follow.
  • Ensuring children, young people, at-risk adults and their families know about the organisations safeguarding policies and what to do if they have a concern.
  • Building a safeguarding culture where all staff, volunteers and service users know how they are expected to behave and feel comfortable sharing their concerns.

Supporting Documents

The above strategy is underpinned by the following more detailed policies and procedures which are reviewed and updated regularly in line with current legislation:

Contact Details

Designated Safeguarding Leads – Tel 01642 531248


NameRoleAdditional Responsibilities Contact Information
Hayley MatthewsHead of Adult SafeguardingChild Sexual Exploitation Leadhayley@daisychainproject.co.uk
Jenny HewittHead of Children’s SafeguardingPrevent Leadjennifer.hewitt@daisychainproject.co.uk
Laura LeafDesignated Safeguarding Leadlaura@daisychainproject.co.uk

Designated Safeguarding Officers – Tel 01642 531248

NameRoleAdditional Responsibilities Contact Information
Clare NattrassDesignated Safeguarding Officerclare.nattrass@daisychainproject.co.uk
Lois BoothmanDesignated Safeguarding Officerlois.boothman@daisychainproject.co.uk
Wendy I’AnsonDesignated Safeguarding Officerwendy.i'anson@daisychainproject.co.uk
Rebeccca McCabeDesignated Safeguarding OfficerMental Capacity & Deprivation of Liberty Leadrebecca.mccabe@daisychainproject.co.uk
Lynette TaylorDesignated Safeguarding Officerlynnette.taylor@daisychainproject.co.uk


This statement came into force on 1st June 2021 and will be reviewed annually.

Jennifer Hewitt

Head of Services & Learning

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