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Key safeguarding principles

This Safeguarding Policy is based on the following key principles:

  • Everyone who takes part in parkrun should have the opportunity to have fun and enjoy themselves in an environment that keeps them safe from harm
  • The welfare, protection and safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults must always be paramount and should be based on prevention and best practice
  • It is everyone’s right to be protected from abuse, irrespective of age, ability or disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, or socio-economic background
  • Duty of care is the responsibility of all, regardless if in a paid or voluntary role
  • Any allegations of abuse will be treated sensitively and seriously, and be responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • Confidentiality will be appropriately maintained, but the safety and welfare of the individual/s will be the overriding consideration when making decisions on whether to share information
  • parkrun will support everyone involved in delivering and supporting events to understand their roles and responsibilities for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults; also to be aware of and understand best practice, and know-how to manage any child or vulnerable adult concerns they identify or are informed of