Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures

Plotr CIC

Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures

1.0       Definitions

1.1.      In accordance with the Children Act 1989 and 2004, a child is any person who has not yet reached their 18th birthday.  For the purpose of these procedures the reference to children therefore means ‘children and young people’ throughout.

2.0       Policy Statement

2.1       Plotr is committed to protecting the welfare of all children as they participate in Plotr’s services and/or activities. Plotr understands its responsibility to comply with legislation, particularly to ensure that the welfare of children and young people is paramount, and will constantly monitor developments in this field. Plotr recognises that the best protection for children participating in our programmes is the vigilance and forethought of staff in preventing circumstances where abuse of trust could occur. To that end, Plotr will strive to create a safe and secure environment where service users and staff can work together confidently in mutual respect.

           Plotr also recognises its responsibility to take appropriate action when a child discloses that they are experiencing abuse or neglect (either online or in person) or if staff have a concern about the welfare of a child, and to ensure staff have an understanding of what might indicate this and what action to take.

2.2       Plotr staff are required to notify Plotr of any police record or other factor which may make that person unsuitable to work with children.

2.3       Plotr will ensure that the organisation’s Safeguarding Children Procedures are continually monitored, developed, maintained and are appropriately communicated throughout the staff team. New staff will be appropriately inducted.

2.4       Plotr have appointed a designated Safeguarding manager who will be responsible for the above, and will also be the person to whom any Safeguarding children concerns will, in the first instance, be reported to and who will then discuss and agree the appropriate action to take.

Plotr’s Designated Safeguarding manager is: Sarah Yusuf, Executive Assistant, 07880 058 499 / 020 3405 3000 sarah.yusuf@plotr.co.uk

In the absence of the Designated Safeguarding manager: Magda Knight, Online Editor, 0203 405 3000 / magda.knight@plotr.co.uk

2.5       Plotr will maintain several policies and procedures geared towards abuse prevention that include, but are not limited to the following topics:

• Disclosure and Barring checks

• Careful selection, training and supervision of staff

• Continuing education for staff

• Procedure for reporting suspected abuse

2.6       All staff will receive a Safeguarding induction in house (which will give an overview of the organisation and ensure they know its purpose, values, services and structure). Relevant Safeguarding training and support will be provided on an on-going basis, and will cover information about their role, and opportunities for practising skills needed when working with young people.

2.7       Training on specific areas such as Safeguarding children, identifying and reporting abuse, and confidentiality of personal information will be given as a priority to new staff and will be regularly reviewed.

3.0       What is abuse and neglect?

Plotr understands that abuse can occur both in person and online. Working together to safeguard children (2010) provides the following definitions:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect

4.0       Staff member responsibilities

It is important that both service users and staff members can participate in Plotr activities in a safe and secure environment.

Wandsworth Council is Plotr’s local Safeguarding advice and contact service:  http://www.wscb.org.uk/    

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