SWAY YOUTH PROJECT SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
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.
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.