Child Safety Policy Statement
Updated on 8th December 2022
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England. A summary of the key legislation is available from nspcc.org.uk
Children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the child/young person is paramount.
- all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of abuse.
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
The purpose of the policy is:
To provide protection for the children and young people who participate in our clubs and to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.
We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and safe working practice for staff and volunteers
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made.
- sharing information about child protection and safe working practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers.
- sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know and involving parents and children appropriately.
- using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
- creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
- ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures.
- applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
- building a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.
Nominated child protection lead Name: Hannah Underwood
Email: [email protected]
Deputy child protection lead(s) Name: Rachel Shaw
Trustee/Senior lead for safeguarding and child protection:
Name: Hannah Underwood
Phone/email: NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.