Safeguarding policy

Our Safeguarding Policy

This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers, the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or any other person working on behalf of Caxton Youth Organisation.

The purpose of this policy is:

•      To protect children and young people who use/receive Caxton Youth Organisation services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;

•      To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding. 

Caxton Youth Organisation believes that no child or young person should ever 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 practice in a way that protects them.

I. Legal framework

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 identity, 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 an effective e-safety policy and related procedures
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
  • Sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
  • Treating everyone with respect and ensuring our own behaviour is appropriate at all times.

 II. Definitions of Abuse

Child abuse and neglect is a generic term encompassing all ill treatment of children including serious physical and sexual assaults as well as cases where the standard of care does not adequately support the child’s health or development. Children may be abused or neglected through the infliction of harm, or through the failure to act to prevent harm. Abuse can occur in a family or institutional or community setting. The perpetrator may or may not be known to child. There are many types of abuse including emotional, neglect, peer, physical, financial, sexual, domestic, radicalisation, female genital mutilation, child sex exploitation and online (see appendix 1 for further details on the definitions of abuse).

III. Involving young people in Safeguarding

  • Young People should be made aware of their right to be safe from abuse and where they can go for help, this also extends to parents
  • Young people must be given the written code of conduct when they attend and it must be displayed within the clubrooms.
  • If possible, young people should be involved in writing up risk assessments for activities they are undertaking.
  • Youth work sessions should focus on exploring the issues of safeguarding.

IV. Safer Recruitment

Staff members and volunteers selected to work at Caxton Youth Organisation will be subject to the following process:

  • Interview by two or more people, one of whom should be a Trustee
  • Two references obtained prior to starting work
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau
  • Ongoing supervision and review of progress

 V. Responding to Safeguarding Concerns

Staff and volunteers may become concerned about a person in a number of ways:

  • They may disclose they are being abused
  • There may be concerns due to a persons behaviour or presentation
  • Concerns may be raised about the behaviour of an adult, who may be a member of staff, volunteer, another professional or a member of public.
  • A parent, carer, relative or member of the public might share their concerns about a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

 In all cases report to your designated safeguarding officer as soon as you can.

 VI. The Designated Safeguarding Officer

The Designated Safeguarding Officers are:

Rachel Akehurst: 07873723041

Floyd Hall: 07947614072

VII.              Westminster Local Authority Safeguarding details

If you have concerns about the safety of a child you should get in contact straight away on the number below:

Access to Children’s Services Team (9am to 5pm weekdays) or outside of these times the Emergency Duty Team on 020 7641 6000.

Please see a link to further details of their procedures: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/children-and-family-support

If a child is in immediate danger call: 999

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.