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Safeguarding

Our Commitment

We are committed to protecting the dignity and rights of every person. Safeguarding is our top priority in everything we do and we believe that it is always unacceptable for children, young people and adults to experience abuse of any kind.

We are committed to the safeguarding and protection of everyone we work with, including beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and the staff of partner organisations.

We seek to understand and model best practice in global standards for safeguarding and whistleblowing. Our policies – safeguarding policy, anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy, whistleblowing policy, and code of conduct - are reviewed regularly by our Board of Trustees and were last re-approved by our Board of Trustees in May 2021.

Safeguarding at The Leprosy Mission

We have a zero-tolerance approach to serious misconduct.

We will not tolerate any form of violence, abuse, harassment or exploitation from our staff or any representatives associated with our work or partners.

Our staff and representatives must ensure that their behaviour allows children, young people and adults to live free from harm, abuse, harassment, bullying or exploitation.

They are required to understand the importance of safeguarding by:

  • upholding the dignity and respect of every person
  • taking preventative steps to ensure a safe environment for all who come into contact with The Leprosy Mission
  • responding quickly and appropriately to concerns raised

All staff, volunteers, partners and TLM representatives are expected to read, sign, and abide by our Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Code of Conduct.

To request a copy please email safeguarding@tlm-ni.org or write to National Director, Private and Confidential, The Leprosy Mission Northern Ireland, 2a Queens Road, Lisburn, Northern Ireland BT27 4TZ

Reporting a concern

Any safeguarding allegation or concern must be treated seriously and reported as soon as possible. A concern can arise when abusive behaviour is observed or suspected, when an allegation is made or disclosed, or where there are signs and symptoms of suspected abuse.

Whether you are a member of staff, a beneficiary, or a member of the public, you can report any concerns about the behaviour of Leprosy Mission Northern Ireland staff or representatives by:

  • Emailing directly to safeguarding@tlm-ni.org [This email address is monitored by the Leprosy Mission National Director and TLMNI Board appointed safeguarding lead.]
  • Completing a Report Form by downloading it here (or via the link below) and either sending it via email to safeguarding@tlm-ni.org or posting it to National Director, Private and Confidential, The Leprosy Mission Northern Ireland, 2a Queens Road, Lisburn, Northern Ireland BT27 4TZ.  All concerns will be acknowledged within 24 hours of receipt, treated with the strictest confidence and investigated by the National Director and / or TLMNI Board appointed safeguarding lead.
  • Using our 24/7 Safecall service and telephoning 0800 915 1571 (UK calls only). All calls and reports to Safecall are treated in complete confidence by an independent team. They will not disclose your name without your permission and you can choose to remain anonymous. All concerns raised or reported with Safecall will be shared with The Leprosy Mission International at a senior executive level and will be investigated thoroughly. Action will be taken in line with our policies.