We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:
- Are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive development;
- Enable children and young people to be active contributors to the community;
- Protect children and young people from actual or potential harm;
- Enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child is paramount;
- All children, whatever their age, culture, ability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity should be able to receive education in a fun and safe environment;
- Abuse of children can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to the child;
- Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will ensure that:
- All reasonable steps are taken to protect children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings;
- All suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse are taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
- All Role Models employees who work with children are recruited with regard to their suitability for that responsibility, and are provided with guidance and/or training in good practice and child protection procedures.
We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:
In all our activities:
- Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people;
- Fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children and young people, in co-operation with statutory bodies and voluntary agencies.
In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, following the procedures below in:
- Ensuring careful selection and recruitment of voluntary workers and paid workers taking care of children and young people, in line with safer recruitment principles and checks;
- Providing support and training.
In our publicity:
- Sharing information about good safeguarding practice with children, parents, and all those working with them.
When concerns are raised, following the procedures below in:
- Responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm; or about the behaviour of an adult or child;
- Working with appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into child abuse (e.g. MASH);
- Challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
In our care:
- Ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse;
- Ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is offered to any member of our organisation against whom an allegation is made.
In our supervision, following the procedures below in:
- Ensuring, in partnership with other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our organisation known to have offended against a child or young person, or to pose a risk to them.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.