In 2002 Lions took the plunge to put into place Safeguards: these would benefit and protect Lions and those they work with within their Communities who could be classed as Vulnerable through age the young or the elderly.
Originally working with CRB, the Criminal Records Bureau, moving on to ISA Independent Safeguarding Authority to today’s work in progress with DBS the Disclosure and Barring Service.
I took on the role of Counter-signatory in 2007 when it was CRB and still feel the need for these clearances to be applied for to protect our own Lions and those we serve. The application for clearance is a simple form which can be given to the applicant either via their Vulnerable Persons Liaison Officer or, if their Club does not have such a person, via the postal system.
Members of Lions Clubs International are privileged to work within their local communities, assisting persons often less fortunate than themselves. Activities undertaken by Lions Club members often involve them working closely with vulnerable adults and children. The Vulnerable Persons Policy Document seeks to provide a basic awareness of the abuse of vulnerable persons, including children and young persons and assists in helping to recognise abuse and thereafter to deal sensibly and sensitively with it. The document provides guidance on what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, acknowledging that we all have a duty to safeguard those in our care. We must not forget that we also have a duty to safeguard ourselves and the organisation that we belong to.
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