SHREWSBURY & OSWESTRY CRUCIAL CREW SAFEGUARDING POUCY
OUR OBLIGATIONS TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
There is an obligation to ensure that the following principles are upheld at all times:
- The children and young people involved in this programme need to be respected as persons in their own right and given special protection because of their vulnerability.
- The Management Committee accepts and stresses the principle of the Children Act 1989, Children Act 2014,Working together to safeguard Children (2018) ,that the welfare of the child is paramount in all circumstances. They have the right to be safe, secure and free from threat.
- EverybodytakingpartinCrucialCrewinwhatevercapacitymust act towards children and young people responsibly and with integrity. Their position of trust must be safeguarded. No advantage may be taken of those in their care.
- No exploitation of this relationship of trust for purposes of self- gratification will be tolerated. The highest standards of care are to be maintained in all circumstances.
- Any allegation of abuse or risk of harm to children will be treated seriously.
The Management Committee agrees to work within the recommendations
as set in the will:
Home Office Publication 1993 entitled ‘Safe from Harm’ and
Appoint a Safeguarding Co-ordinator.
Adhere to the Shrewsbury & Oswestry Crucial Crew ‘Code of Behaviour’ adopted on the 11th April 2005. (Appendix 1) Take special care over the selection of staff and volunteers. Require CRB checks on those having regular unsupervised contact with children.
Conduct a thorough risk assessment for all ad hoc activities involving children.
Follow Shropshire County Council guidelines on dealing with disclosure, suspicion or discovery of abuse.
SHREWSBURY & OSWESTRY CRUCIAL CREW
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
The Committee can reduce the likelihood of abuse and of accusations by
making sure that all volunteers are aware of some practical matters when working with children.
Volunteers should always:
- Treat children with respect.
- Provide a model of good and appropriate behaviour.
- Be publicly open when working with children. Avoid situationswhere an adult and the individual player are completely unobserved.
- Respect a child’s right to privacy.
- Be aware that behaviour can be misinterpreted even when wellintentioned.
- Challenge unacceptable behaviour.
- Operate within the agreed guidelines.It does not make good sense to:
- Spend excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others.
- Show favouritism towards an individual.
- Allow casual visitors to have access to group activities of childrenand young people without adequate safeguards.Volunteers should never:
- Allow or engage in inappropriate touching of any kind.
- Allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.
- Make any sexually suggestive comments, even in ‘fun’.
- Let any allegations a child makes go unrecorded.
- Rely on ‘my good name’ as protection.
- Do things of a personal nature for children that they can do themselves.
- Allow bullying of one child by another go unchecked. Bullying would include: Physical pushing, hitting or pinching etc.; name calling, sarcasm, ridicule or ignoring; racial taunts, gestures, and graffiti; sexual comment; any unwanted physical contact.Special care is needed when:
- Discussing sensitive issues with groups or individuals and young people.
- Working with children with special needs or where physical contact is involved.
• It may be necessary for someone to provide for the intimate care needs of children. This must be done only by a teacher from the child’s school.
Ian Finch; Safeguarding co-ordinator.
Maelor Owen; Chairman.