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1. Introduction

Main Nickolls LLP is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults who may come into contact with our firm. This safeguarding policy outlines the measures and procedures in place to prevent and respond to any form of abuse, neglect, or harm.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all employees, partners, contractors, and volunteers working for Main Nickolls LLP. It covers all aspects of our practice where we may interact with children or vulnerable adults.

3. Legal Framework

Our safeguarding policy is developed in accordance with relevant legislation, including but not limited to:

  • Children Act 1989 and 2004

  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

  • Mental Capacity Act 2005

  • Human Rights Act 1998



4. Responsibilities

Main Nickolls LLP is committed to promoting a culture of safeguarding. The following responsibilities are assigned to ensure effective implementation:


4.1. Senior Management:

  • Develop and review safeguarding procedures regularly.

  • Allocate resources to support safeguarding activities.

  • Ensure staff receive adequate training on safeguarding.


4.2. All Staff:

  • Attend safeguarding training sessions regularly.

  • Report any concerns or suspicions of abuse promptly.

  • Follow established safeguarding procedures.


4.3. Designated Safeguarding Officers:

  • Act as the first point of contact for safeguarding concerns.

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding legislation.

  • Ensure timely reporting to relevant authorities, if necessary.


5. Identification and Reporting of Concerns


5.1. Recognising Signs of Abuse:

  • Staff will be trained to recognise signs of abuse or neglect.

  • Particular attention will be paid to indicators relevant to criminal defence and family matters.


5.2. Reporting Procedures:

  • Any concerns must be reported to the designated safeguarding officers immediately.

  • A written record of the concern and actions taken will be maintained securely.


6. Confidentiality and Information Sharing


6.1. Confidentiality:

  • All information related to safeguarding concerns will be treated with utmost confidentiality.

  • Disclosure will only occur on a need-to-know basis in the interest of safeguarding.


6.2. Information Sharing:

  • Information will be shared with relevant agencies, following legal guidelines, if necessary to protect a child or vulnerable adult.


7. Training and Awareness


7.1. Staff Training:

  • All staff will receive regular training on safeguarding procedures and relevant legislation.


7.2. Awareness Campaigns:

  • Periodic awareness campaigns will be conducted to ensure all staff are vigilant and informed.


8. Review and Monitoring


8.1. Policy Review:

  • This policy will be reviewed annually or as necessary, taking into account changes in legislation and best practices.


8.2. Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • The effectiveness of safeguarding measures will be monitored and evaluated regularly.


9. Conclusion

Main Nickolls LLP is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of safeguarding to ensure the protection and well-being of children and vulnerable adults in all areas of our practice. This policy will be communicated to all staff and stakeholders, and its effectiveness will be continuously assessed and improved.


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