Teenage Cancer Trust is an organisation that is responsible for providing services to teenagers and young adults with cancer, and clearly understands its responsibility for making safeguarding arrangements.

At Teenage Cancer Trust we recognise the impact that cancer and its treatment can have on the social, emotional and psychological development of young people. As such we identify all young people that we work with as vulnerable, even when over the age of 18.

At Teenage Cancer Trust we consider that we have a responsibility to safeguard both the teenager and young adults that we work with and therefore adhere to policies and procedures relating to both child and adult safeguarding practice. 

At Teenage Cancer Trust we are committed to safeguarding those people in our care and will work cooperatively with other agencies to ensure that any risk to those we work with is acknowledged and responded to professionally and without delay.

Teenage Cancer Trust has policies in place which inform the organisation, and individuals within it, how to respond in situations where abuse is suspected and how to work together to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

Our staff and volunteers are aware through mandatory training, regular supervision and informal support of their own duty, and the duty of other statutory and voluntary agencies, to safeguarding children and young adults and promote effective inter-agency working. We are informed by Government guidance for each nation, such as Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and National Guidance for Child Protection (Scotland) 2014. We work in accordance with the Children Act 1989 & 2004, Children (Scotland) Act 1995, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Care Act 2014 along with other relevant legislation.

Teenage Cancer Trust will continue to work to national and local safeguarding policy and procedures in conjunction with other statutory and voluntary agencies and are committed to keeping up-to-date with changes in safeguarding policy.

If you have a safeguarding concern relating to someone working or volunteering for Teenage Cancer Trust or you need to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, please email safeguarding@teenagecancertrust.org.

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Hollie Todd, Designated Safeguarding Lead

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kelly Scott, Head of Youth Engagement and Development
(working days: Monday-Thursday)

If you are a patient or family member contacting us about an issue related to the hospital you are being treated, please call the hospital switchboard and ask to speak to the Safeguarding Lead (between 9am-5pm) or the Senior Nurse on duty.  For professionals with any concerns arising from within the NHS environment, please refer to your local NHS protocols for guidance.