To contribute to the personal safety of all children/young people attending SWAY by promoting child protection awareness, good practice and sound procedures in all aspects of safeguarding.

Policy statement

SWAY believe that children/young people have the right to be treated equally and to learn in a safe and friendly environment.

This policy is based on the following principles:

  • The welfare of the child/young person is paramount
  • All children/young people, whatever their protected characteristic have the right to protection from abuse
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • Staff/volunteers are trained to understand the nature of abuse and to be alert to matters of concern
  • All staff/volunteers working in sway have a duty to safeguard children and young people
  • All staff/volunteers have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated person with responsibility for child protection.

We aim to safeguard children/young people by:

  • Development and implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures including: Child Protection, Health & Safety policies and guidelines; a Code of Conduct for staff/volunteers, Staff and Volunteer Procedures; Complaints, Whistleblowing and Equal Opportunity Policies.
  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children/young people, parents and carers and staff/volunteers
  • Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children/young people appropriately
  • Following carefully the procedures for recruitment and selection of staff/volunteers
  • Providing effective management for staff/volunteers through support, supervision and training
  • Involving children, where appropriate, in the development and implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Reviewing our policy and good practice regularly.