This policy applied to all staff, including managers, the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone else working on behalf of the AKU Society.
The purpose of this policy is:
- To protect children and young children who receive AKU Society services;
- To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.
The AKU Society believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
- Children Act 1989
- United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Children Act 2004
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
- All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identify, 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 them, listening to and respecting them
- Adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- Developing and implementing safe means to access information online
- Providing effective management of staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
- Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary check are made, including DBS checks
- Sharing information about child protection and good practise with children, parents, staff and volunteers
- Sharing concerns with agencies who need to know and involving parents and children appropriately.
We are committed to reviewing our child protection and good practise annually.
This policy was last reviewed on 12 June 2019
Signed by Nick Sireau, the CEO: