posted by: RAINS on January 31, 2020

RAINS is committed to zero tolerance for sexual harassment, abuse, exploitation and bullying.  RAINS is equally committed to a zero tolerance for child as well as vulnerable adults’ rights abuses. This means that we will do everything in our power to prevent any form of abuse from happening, and rigorously address it when there is an occurrence.  As part of the measures to ensure the safety of all staff, beneficiaries and volunteers, RAINS requires all Direct Field Staff and Volunteers associated with its activities to be taken through a safe vetting process, if they will be working with children and vulnerable adults. 

RAINS staff and associates are expected to act responsibly and in a timely manner to initiate appropriate responses to, or investigations of, any incidents of abuse, exploitation, bullying, harassment or allegations against staff. Any action to respond to or investigate these incidents should be guided by what is in the best interest of the beneficiary. All safeguarding processes should ensure that the views and wishes of the children/adults are seriously considered and the approach is underpinned by sensitivity and transparency. All safeguarding standards and processes apply within our staff’s professional and personal lives.

Note that RAINS defines a child as ‘anyone below the age of 18 years’ and a vulnerable adult as any person who is aged 18 years or over and at risk of abuse or neglect because of their needs for care and or support due to their age or frailty, mental or physical health problems, gender, learning or physical disabilities or the impact of disasters and conflicts, and who is unable as a result to protect themselves from harm, exploitation or abuse (Care Act 2014).