Safeguarding at York Area Meeting

Action Pathway 

for a matter being brought to the attention of

Area Safeguarding

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is a term used to denote measures to protect the health, well-being and human rights of individuals, which allow people - especially children, young people and adults who are in danger of harm - to live free from abuse, harm and neglect.

We are both obliged by regulation and as part of our Quaker witness to safeguard those who need it within our Area Meeting

This page will enable you to

  • Recognise that abuse takes several forms
  • Understand safe practice in safeguarding children and adults as set out in YAM Policy
  • Know who your safeguarding leads are in the LM and in the AM
  • Locate the resources you need
  • Know what noms has to do to recruit volunteers safely to roles within the meeting


How do we work to stop abuse happening?

  • We recruit safely, carrying out due diligence when we appoint people to regulate activities
  • Ask for references and have conversation/interview with those we wish to appoint and try to discern how aware appointees are about safeguarding.
  • We require DBS checks for certain posts
  • We review our appointments after 6 months
  • We keep a record via the Business Minutes of our actions
  • We carry out Risk Assessment and work hard to follow them in our practise

What are the signs and types of abuse in adults?

  • Physical Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Financial or Material Abuse
  • Modern Slavery
  • Discriminatory Abuse
  • Organizational Abuse
  • Neglect and acts of Omission
  • Self Neglect

What are the signs and types of abuse in children?

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Extremism

Where do I find the information?

You find it in the Safeguarding Toolkit

You will also find what to do if you detect abuse or have a suspicion that abuse is taking place



Who are my Safeguarding leads?

                      Nick Folkard, the Safeguarding Trustee, is the Lead Safeguarding Coordinator for YAM

                                                 Lois Folkard is the Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator for YAM


Lois Folkard - for Children

Jenny Hartland - for Adults



Alison Ralph - for Children

Kate Vernon Rees - for Adults


Sue Clarke - for Children

Sarah Whittington - for Adults


Lois Folkard - for Children

Jenny Hartland - for Adults



Alison Ralph - for Children

Kate Vernon Rees - for Adults

But You Become Aware Abuse is Happening


TURN TO SECTION 5 OF OUR POLICY and read the 5Rs of Responding to Abuse


Contact your LM Safeguarding Lead and / or YAM Safeguarding Lead


Use the Flowchart on Page 59 of the TOOLKIT


Where to Find Contact Details for Raising Concerns


There's a list of contacts in the YAM Policy on page 6 in the Toolkit



Is There Just One Thing I Should Remember?


Don't talk yourself out of taking action


Don't say it can't be happening / it can't be that bad / it's no concern of mine


Do ask for help from the Safeguarding Coordinators or the statutory authorities,

you'll find them listed in the Toolkit




You are not alone !


There are many organizations listed in the YAM Policy you can contact for help


You can call this Emergency Hotline 0303 003 1111


You can contact the statutory agencies such as NHS or Social Services or NSPCC safeguarding teams


You can also apply to undertake more training with and do an accredited course as we expect all children's group volunteers to do


Thank You for Listening.