SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Cramlington in the Community

Safeguarding children policy and procedure

 

Introduction

Cramlington in the Community may come into contact with children and young people who may be deemed to be vulnerable or who there is concern about.  It is important that everyone involved with Cramlington in the Community know how to respond to any concerns to ensure the safety and well being of a child or young person.

 

Definition of a child

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as everyone under 18, unless ‘under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier’  (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 1989).  However there are a number of different laws across the UK that specify age limits in different circumstances.  These include child protection, age of consent, and age of criminal responsibility.

Purpose of the policy and procedure

  • To protect children and young people who receive a service from Cramlington in the Community;

  • To provide everyone involved with Cramlington in the Community with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection;

  • To ensure that any child or young person subject to a concern feels protected and supported; and

  • To provide clear direction to everyone involved with Cramlington in the Community on how to respond and deal with any concerns.

Cramlington in the Community believes that any child or young person should not experience abuse of any kind.  We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people involved with Cramlington in the Community and keep them safe.  We are committed to practice in a way that protects all.

Principles

Cramlington in the Community recognises that:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount;

  • All children regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse;

  • Some children may be vulnerable due to a previous experience, their level if dependency, communication needs or other issues; and

  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents and all organisations is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

Cramlington in the Community will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting them;

  • Having a recognised safeguarding lead;

  • Ensuring child protection and safeguarding best practice is in all our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers;

  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made;

  • Making sure children, young people and their families know how to ask for help, if they have a concern;

  • Using our procedures to manage any complaints or allegations against staff or volunteers appropriately;

  • Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment;

  • Providing a safe environment for children, young people, staff and volunteers through the provision of health and safety measures; and

  • Treating everyone with respect.

Risk management

Risk is identified, assessed and managed by Cramlington in the Community.  An assessment of risk and any subsequent management plan will include an assessment of likelihood of an event occurring and any impact of that event on a range of people who may receive our services.

 

Definitions

Taken from ‘Working together to Safeguard Children: a guide to interagency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’ March 2018.

Safeguarding

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;

  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development

  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and

  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Abuse

This can take many forms and includes:

Physical abuse: may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, burning, scalding, drowning, suffocation, poisoning, spitting, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child or young person.  Physical harm may also be caused when a parent fabricates symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness.

Emotional abuse: persistent emotional maltreatment of a child or young person to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the individual’s emotional development.   It may include a child feeling they are worthless, unloved, or not valued.

Sexual abuse: involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.  Activities may involve physical contact, or non penetrative acts.  Non contact activities may also be included such as involving children in looking at or taking part in sexual images or watching sexual activities, or grooming a child,

Neglect: is the persistent failure to meet a child’s or young person’s physical and/or psychological needs, that is likely to result in serious impairment of a child’s health or development.  Neglect may involve failure to:

  • Provide adequate food, clothing and shelter;

  • Protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;

  • Ensure adequate supervision; and

  • Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.

Safeguarding concerns

There may be occasion when Cramlington in the Community is concerned about the risk of or actual harm to a child or young person known to the organisation or an organisation we work with.  This may happen through:

  • A child making a direct disclosure about themselves;

  • A child making a direct disclosure about another child;

  • A child offering information that is worrying but not a direct disclosure; and

  • An individual, including parents making a disclosure about abuse that is experiencing or at risk of experiencing.

Any disclosure will be taken seriously and will be treated with sensitivity.  For a child or young person to make a disclosure we recognise the risk they have taking in sharing the information and the feelings of not being believed they may have.  Anyone receiving a disclosure will:

  • Reassure the child or young person that telling someone about it was the right thing to do;

  • Not investigate the child or young person.  The child or young person will be allowed to speak at their own pace;

  • Remain calm and supportive to the child or young person;

  • Not minimise or trivialise any aspect of the abusive behaviour;

  • Inform the child or young person what they are going to do next and who else needs to know;

  • Provide support contact numbers, if applicable to do so.

If a child or young person is believed to be in immediate danger, then the Police will be contacted.  If medical assistance is required, then an ambulance will be requested.

 

Whistleblowing

Cramlington in the Community will respond to any reports of concern through ‘whsitleblowing’.  Where appropriate these concerns and information will be forwarded to the relevant organisations to deal with.

Cramlington in the Community

Safeguarding Policy Statement

Introduction

The purpose of this policy statement is:

  • To protect children and young people who receive Cramlington in the Community services from harm.

  • To provide Trustees, staff and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families with the overarching principles that guide our approach to keeping a child safe.

This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Cramlington in the Community, including Trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional staff.

 

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England.

 

Supporting documents

This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational polices, procedures, guidance and other related documents, including:

  • Behaviour policy

  • Anti-bullying

  • Managing complaints

  • Equal opportunities

  • Health and safety

  • Dealing with disclosures

  • Managing allegations

  • Role description of the designated safeguarding contact

Cramlington in the Community believe that no child or young person should experience abuse of any kind, and that we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people to keep them safe and to work in a way that protects them.

Cramlington in the Community recognises that:

  • The welfare of all children is paramount in all the wok we do and in all the decisions that we take;

  • All children regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse;

  • Some children may be additionally vulnerable as result of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication issues or other needs; and

  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents and any other organisation is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

Cramlington in the Community will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting them;

  • Having a recognised safeguarding lead;

  • Ensuring child protection and safeguarding best practice is in all our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers;

  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made;

  • Making sure children, young people and their families know how to ask for help, if they have a concern;

  • Using our procedures to manage any complaints or allegations against staff or volunteers appropriately;

  • Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment;

  • Providing a safe environment for children, young people, staff and volunteers through the provision of health and safety measures; and

  • Treating everyone with respect.

Contact details

Nominated safeguarding lead:

Name:

Phone:

Email:

 

NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000

 

This policy statement came into force on 1 August 2020.

 

Cramlington in the Community is committed to reviewing policies and procedures on an annual basis.

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