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Safeguarding at Ronald McDonald House Charities UK

Ronald McDonald House Charities UK provides accommodation in Ronald McDonald Houses to families who have a seriously ill child in a nearby NHS hospital. Some of the persons staying in Ronald McDonald Houses could include vulnerable adults and children. Ronald McDonald House Charities UK has a responsibility to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are protected from possible abuse and is committed to implementing and adhering to policies and procedures.

The Children Act 1989 indicates that anyone who has the responsibility for the care of a child should “do what is reasonable in all circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”. It is equally important that adults with a learning disability or vulnerability can expect similar safeguards.

Everyone at Ronald McDonald House Charities UK has a responsibility to make sure that children, young people and adults are safeguarded and protected from abuse and neglect.

As an organisation, Ronald McDonald House Charities UK is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of those children, young people and their families for whom it cares for, or to whom employees and volunteers may come into contact, and to identify and take appropriate action in cases of suspected abuse.

All employees and volunteers involved in the care of children and families who access the services of Ronald McDonald House Charities UK have a responsibility to ensure the welfare and well-being needs of the family are met at all times. 

Our commitment to safeguarding

A Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) and a Deputy DSO are responsible for general Safeguarding across Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. They are supported by a team across the Charity.

All employees must read and understand the safeguarding policy and procedures, and be aware of their safeguarding duties, recognise all forms of abuse and neglect and follow procedure in reporting concerns promptly.

Click below to download our safeguarding framework and meet our full safeguarding team.