Policy statement
To contribute to the safety of all children/young people attending SWAY by promoting child protection awareness, good practice and sound procedures in all aspects of safeguarding
This policy has been drawn up based on legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England.
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:
  • Staff/volunteers have a duty to safeguard children and young people in all aspects of our work
  • Promoting the welfare of children/ young people in our centre based and street-based work
  • 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
  • Safely recruiting and training staff/volunteers
  • We aim to safeguard children/young people by:
  • Following policies and procedures that creates a safe place for children and young people
  • Have a named Designated Safeguarding Officer
  • Sharing information about child protection 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 the procedures for recruitment and selection of staff/volunteers
  • Providing effective management for staff/volunteers through support, supervision and training
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse or raise concerns
  • Reviewing our policy and practice regularly.

This policy should be read alongside our policies, procedures (though not limited to):

  • Recording Concerns and Information Sharing
  • Responding to Concerns, Allegations and Disclosures
  • Health & Safety policies and guidelines – Accident and Incident Report Template
  • Code of Conduct for staff/volunteers/participants
  • Recruitment, Induction and Training of Staff and Volunteer
  • Complaints, Whistleblowing and Equal Opportunity Policies
  • Online Safety
  • Anti-bullying
  • Photography and sharing images guidance – Consent Forms for Photography/ images
  • Street Work Policy and Procedures
  • Data Protection
  • Face to Face Delivery Procedure
The person responsible for Child Protection issues that is always present during activities is;
Samantha Scott – Projects & Youth Leader and in her absence it is Richard Samuel – Youth Worker
The following designated person has been nominated to refer allegations or suspicions of neglect or abuse to the statutory authorities.
The designated person is: CAROL BEVIS – SMITH
Important contacts outside the organisation
The emergency Social Services number is: 020 8937 4300 Brent Family Front Door
NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Social services office: 0208 937 3001
Childline: 0800 1111