SAFEGUARDING POLICY 2018
This policy has been written to reflect the Staffordshire Safeguarding Partnership arrangements known locally as the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board.
The Purpose and Scope of this Policy
The purpose of this policy is:
- to protect children and young people who access creative writing workshops, groups or individual tuition. This includes any children or adults who access these services.
- to provide parents, staff and any volunteers with the overarching principles that guide the approach to child protection.
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Anna Gregg including any paid staff or volunteers.
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/learning.
A summary guide for anyone who is worried about a child is available from What to do if you are worried about a child
This policy is consistent with the requirements of Working Together 2018: A guide to inter agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children working together 2018
The local arrangements for making a safeguarding referral are set out at Staffordshire child protection referral Staffordshire Children’s Services First Response Service may be contacted on 0800 1313 126
We believe that:
- 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
- Work within the boundaries of what a reasonable person should expect in relation to safe care
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the child is paramount
- all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
- some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- valuing, listening to and respecting them
- appointing a safeguarding lead for children and young people
- adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- recording and storing information professionally and securely
- sharing information about safeguarding and good practice
- using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
- using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
- creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment
- ensuring that we have an effective complaints process in place
- ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance.
For any safeguarding concerns in the first instance please contact
Phone No: 07940 321243
If you have reason to believe that a child is at imminent risk of harm contact the Police on 999 immediately.
If you suspect a child is experiencing abuse or neglect then contact 0800 1313 126
This policy was reviewed in January 2020 and will next be reviewed in January 2021.
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