HRGB Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures
An important aspect of the ethos of a Society whose members value the social aspects of membership is that we are alert to the well-being of our fellow-members, particularly if they appear to be behaving differently, or stressed. If a fellow-member (child or adult) is in distress for any reason we should try to listen and support. We should aim to support others as we would wish to be supported. If any of us are worried about a fellow-member at any time please say something to their team leader, or to the organiser of the event we are attending.
If you are concerned about an adult
If the person you are concerned about is an adult, it will be important for another adult who knows them to be made aware of their distress. A telephone call to their Emergency Contact may be helpful or even necessary, though their Team Leader is likely to be the first person to talk to. Once you have listened to the person and told their team leader (or in her / his absence another team members or the Event Organiser) you have done what you need to do, though you may wish to make contact with the person again later, to see how they are.
NB: for descriptions of the roles written in italics, please see section Roles and Responsibilities.
* Through the remainder of this document, the shorter form: “young people” will be used.
Listening to young people