School Clubs Child Protection Policy is as follows:
School Clubs is committed to a practice which protects children and vulnerable from harm. This includes a) safeguarding, our duty of care to look after vulnerable children and help them to achieve their potential, and b) child protection, which involves protection from abuse. Abuse can include neglect, sexual, physical, or psychological and emotional abuse. For the purposes of this policy a child is defined as a person under the age of 18.
Introduction Staff in this organisation accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of issues which cause children and young people harm.
We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by: – Adopting child protection guidelines through a code of behaviour for staff. – Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, and staff. – Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately. – Following stringent procedures for recruitment and selection of staff including mandatory DBS checks for our core staff. – Providing effective management for staff through supervision, support and training. We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice at regular intervals.
Code of Behaviour Statement of Intent
It is the policy of School Clubs to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from all forms of abuse including physical, emotional and sexual harm. Staff should at all times show respect and understanding for the individual’s rights, safety and welfare, and conduct themselves appropriately.
Guidelines for all Staff Attitudes
Staff should be committed to: – Treating children and young people with respect and dignity. – Always listening to what a child or young person is saying. – Valuing each child and young person. – Recognising the unique contribution each individual can make. – Encouraging and praising each child or young person.
By Example Staff should endeavour to: – Provide an example, which we would wish others to follow. – Use appropriate language with children and young people and challenge any inappropriate language used by a young person or a child. – Respect a young person’s right to privacy.
Anti-bullying policy. We have a written policy on bullying for staff. We take this very seriously.
Sharing information regarding child protection
Good communication is essential in any organisation. Every effort will be made to assure that, should individuals have concerns; they will be listened to and taken seriously. Some information is confidential and should only be shared on a strictly need-to-know basis.
Children and young people: – We will act to ensure that young students have information about how, and with whom, they can share their concerns, complaints and anxieties. When sharing information, School Clubs personnel will be sensitive to the level of understanding and maturity, as well as to the level of responsibility, of the people with whom they are sharing information.
Parents & Carers
Persons with parental responsibility are ultimately responsible for their children’s welfare at all times, and they should be assured that their children are involved with a credible organisation. We achieve this by having a full copy of this Child Protection Policy available for anyone to view.
As an organisation working with children and young people, it is imperative that each member of the School Clubs staff is aware of their responsibilities under the Child Protection legislation and has a working knowledge of School Clubs procedures.