free! recovery policy statement on safeguarding
April 2021

Principles that we are committed to:

  • Free! Recovery is committed to the safeguarding of adults with care and support needs and ensuring their well-being.
  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults at risk of harm and abuse and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  • We recognise the personal dignity and rights of adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this.
  • We believe all adults should have access to every aspect of the services offered by Free! Recovery.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with adults with care and support needs.

We are committed to:

  • Following statutory and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding adults and will ensure that as an organisation all workers work within the agreed procedure of our safeguarding policy.
  • Implementing the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005, Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant legislation.
  • Supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.
  • Ensuring that we are keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
  • Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this organisation.
  • Supporting all in the organisation affected by abuse.

We recognise:

  • Adult Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult with care and support needs.
  • Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

We will review this statement and our policy annually.

If you would like to view our safeguarding policy, please email to request a copy.

If there is a safeguarding concern relating to Free! Recovery’s online ministry, please direct your concerns to the Free! Recovery Safeguarding Coordinator, currently one of our trustees Helen Willcox, at

If there is a safeguarding concern relating to a Free! Recovery course being run by your local church, please contact the church authorities running or overseeing your Free! Recovery course as soon as possible and they should be able to assist you. If the issue is not dealt with or resolved satisfactorily, please direct your safeguarding concern as soon as possible to the appropriate local authorities and/or, if appropriate, the emergency services such as the local police.