Our Safeguarding Commitment

  • I have a voice CIC is a registered social enterprise (company number 12371546) that strives to empower people to engage with politics. I have a voice is committed to the safety and protection of all young people and others involved in our work or projects.
  • I have a voice works with schools, colleges and youth groups throughout the UK. Much of our delivery to these organisations does not involve us being directly responsible for any young people as there is a supervisor from the partnering organisation in the session. In these instances we always adhere to the guidelines set by our partner.
  • I have a voice also has a group of Youth Ambassadors, currently the Ambassadors are all aged 16+. I have a voice has responsibility for these young people in their ambassadorial role. Given our Ambassadors are based up and down the country, all of our interactions with these young people is online. This enables us to keep a record of each interaction.
  • The welfare of young people and others involved in I have a voice is paramount. Everyone, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation has the right to protection from abuse. Therefore, all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately. As a social enterprise who’s mission is founded on the importance of diversity, we recognise that some people may require additional support, for example with communication or the impact of discrimination. To protect even the most vulnerable of people we have a safeguarding culture where employees, volunteers and young people know how they are expected to behave and feel comfortable about sharing concerns.
  • All employees and volunteers will be given details of the safeguarding policy and procedures as part of their induction and encouraged to report and concerns to the designated safeguarding officer. All relevant policy and procedure will also be made available to all employees and volunteers, and for the scrutiny of teachers, learning providers, parents / guardians and all of I have a voice’s audiences.

Safeguarding Team

Rebecca Deegan

Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)

First point of contact for advice and support if you wish to raise a safeguarding question or concern. Rebecca holds lead responsibility for safeguarding and wellbeing at I have a voice.

Keri Jenkins

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

Second point of contact for advice and support if you wish to raise a safeguarding question or concern (or first point of contact if the concern implicates the DSO). Keri is the nominated board member for safeguarding.

Ben Maher

Safeguarding Officer

Third point of contact for advice and support if you wish to raise a safeguarding question or concern. Ben leads on positive mental health and wellbeing for staff and youth ambassadors.

Important Documentation

Safeguarding Handbook (policy & procedure)

Safeguarding & Wellbeing Concern Form

Wellbeing Information for Ambassadors