The SGH Trust Safeguarding Children Policy Statement

The SGH Trust (SGH) believes that it is always unacceptable for a child to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, by a commitment to practice which protects them. This policy and related procedures are underpinned by The Children Act 1989, The Children Act 2004, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015, Human Rights Act 1998 and The Protection of Children Act 1999.

 

SGH’s policies and its procedures apply to, and are mandatory for, all children and adults involved with the SGH and its work. Children’s safety and well-being is a core value of this organisation; a child’s welfare will be of paramount consideration at all times.

 

We recognise that:

  • All children regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, living with or suffering from domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness and parental disability have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse and that some children are more vulnerable and face extra barriers to getting help because of these factors.

  • Working in partnership where possible/appropriate with children, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting children’s welfare.

  • ‘Safeguarding’ includes –

    • protecting from maltreatment

    • preventing impairment of health and development

    • ensuring children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe effective care

    • taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances

Our duty of care is to everyone on site during an event. The purpose of this policy is

  • To protect children from any sort of abuse and adults from any unfounded allegations of abuse.

  • To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm or an allegation of harm being made.

  • To help create a secure, caring, respectful and tolerant environment that nurtures attending children providing a safe respite from situations enabling each child to build/re-build their self-esteem, confidence, resilience and understanding.

 

The work of the SGH is planned in ways that minimise risks to children e.g.

  • All adults adhere to the SGH Code of Practice (see page 34 Appendix 9),

  • Childcare safety requirements (CSR’s) being in place, monitored and enforced (see Appendix 10),

  • All adults take part in Child Protection & Safety training prior to an event (see appendix 9 – Childcare briefing),

 

 

Prevent Duty

It is noted that the Prevent Duty came into force in 2015, relating to the prevention of young people from being drawn into terrorism.  Details are in appendix 6

The CCM will request relevant ‘Prevent’ information from the schools audit of vulnerable children who have the potential to be radicalised. If a member of staff is concerned that a child is vulnerable and is becoming drawn into and/or expressing extremist ideologies, they must record their concern using the same proforma as all safeguarding concerns and inform the Prevent Lead. The areas of possible concerns may include:

  • spending increasing time in the company of other suspected extremists;

  • changing their style of dress or personal appearance to accord with the group;

  • day-to-day behaviour becoming increasingly centred around an extremist ideology, group or cause;

  • loss of interest in other friends and activities not associated with the extremist ideology, group or cause;

  • possession of material or symbols associated with an extremist cause (e.g. the swastika for far right groups);

  • attempts to recruit others to the group/cause/ ideology; or

  • communications with others that suggest identification with a group/cause/ideology.

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After a concern has been raised, the Prevent Lead will contact the school/parent(s) /carer(s). If significant concerns still exist, they will inform First Response and Channel.

 

This policy and related procedures were approved by SGH trustees June 2017 having been produced after consultation with and information from:

 

  • NSPCC Staying Safe Commitment Scheme and guidance

  • HM Government (2015) ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children: a guide to interagency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’

  • HM Government (2015) – ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’

  • DCSF website – ‘Every Child Matters’ www.everychildmatters.gov.uk

  • Charities Commission – Safeguarding Children guidance www.charity-commission.gov.uk

  • LSCB –  www.swcpp.org.uk  and www.lscbbirmingham.org.uk and West Midlands safeguarding children guidance

  • The Prevent Duty (July 2015)

 

This policy can be made available in other languages on request.

SGH’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures will be reviewed and updated every 2 years or whenever there is a major change, concern or incident within the organisation or relevant legislation.

 

Review due June 2019 to carried out by SGH Trust’s LCCM

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