The Severn Rivers Trust (SRT) is an independent charity established in 2008 to protect and enhance the river Severn, its tributaries and streams. Our vision is: A healthy, resilient river Severn for everyone. We work with children and adults at risk in a number of different contexts including site tours, farm visits, conservation tasks, work experience placements, public events and schools workshops. We deliver hands-on and practical activities that help our participants learn about rivers and have positive connections with their environments.

We believe that children and adults should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and adults at risk and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.

We take the view that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Learning over the past two decades has shown that harm experienced by young people can be reduced with collaborative working and taking an integrated approach to safeguarding and child protection.

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Protect children and adults at risk who take part in activities with Severn Rivers Trust; and
  • Provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection to help them feel confident and safe when working in


The Safeguarding Policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the Board of Trustees, paid staff, volunteers, students, contractors or anyone who may be working on behalf of Severn Rivers Trust.

Legal Framework 

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of guidance that seeks to protect children and adults at risk, namely:

  • The Children Act 1989
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1991
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • Care Act 2014
  • Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard
    and promote the welfare of children; HM Government 2018
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • Data Protection Act 2018 (relating to EU General Data Protection Regulations)

We recognise that:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
  • Everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or
    identity has a right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse
  • Some children and adults are additionally vulnerable because of their previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs and other issues
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, adult participants, families, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting welfare and wellbeing.

We will seek to keep children and adults at risk safe by:

  • Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • Appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer and Trustee for Safeguarding
  • Adopting ‘child and adults at risk’ protection and safeguarding practices through clear
    procedure, training and guidance for staff and volunteers
  • Carefully recruiting and selecting all adults whether paid or voluntary
  • Checking all staff who regularly work with children and/or adults at risk and their managers through the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) system
  • Responding to concerns and allegations appropriately
  • Planning and delivering all activities to make sure they are as safe and inclusive as possible, in line with our Health and Safety and Safeguarding policy and procedure

When is safeguarding relevant to us?

Any time that we are working with or meeting the public.

For example:

  • Delivering workshops in/for schools or community groups
  • Running volunteer days
  • SRT stands and activities at fairs and events
  • Visiting farmers or landowners
  • Delivering or managing works on publicly accessible land

Putting this policy into action

This policy and associated ‘Toolkit’ guidance will be circulated to staff and trustees. It will also be clearly signposted and freely available on the Severn Rivers Trust website. A Welsh language version of the main policy document will be available online. High quality training will ensure our responsibilities are clear and the policy and procedure are understood by all.

The Severn Rivers Trust’s Designated Safeguarding Officer is Alice Fallon.

The Severn Rivers Trust’s Trustee for Safeguarding is Penny Cameron Watt.

These safeguarding leads will meet quarterly to review issues and practice across the Trust and make updates and changes to our procedure as necessary. Trustees will review and sign off this Safeguarding Policy and toolkit at least annually, including considering how it links to other policies and practice (e.g. Health & Safety, Data Protection, Recruitment).