Child protection policies

AFSCS Child Protection Policies

Objectives

To contribute to the personal safety of all children or young people attending our activities by promoting child protection awareness, good practice and sound procedures.

Definition:

A child is someone who is under the age of eighteen years.

Safeguarding Policy Statement

The Management Committee and members of the African French Speaking Community Support (AFSCS) are committed to practices that protect children from harm. Staff (paid and unpaid) will recognise and accept our responsibilities to develop the awareness of issues that may cause children harm. We aim to ensure that children benefit from a safe environment.

The policy is based on the following principles:

  • The welfare of the child or young person will be the first and paramount consideration at all times.
  • All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and / or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • Staff (paid/unpaid) will be advised to understand the nature of abuse and to be alert to matters of concern. Staff (paid/unpaid) will be sent on training when it is practicable.
  • All staff (paid/unpaid) have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated person with responsibility for child protection within the organisation.

We aim to safeguard children/young people by:

  • Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for all staff (paid/unpaid).
  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, carers and staff (paid/unpaid).
  • Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
  • Following carefully the procedures for recruitment of paid and unpaid staff (volunteers).
  • Providing effective support and training for paid and unpaid staff (volunteers).
  • Reviewing our policy and practice on a regular basis ( Annually).

This policy sets out agreed guidelines relating to the following areas:

  • Designated person(s)
  • Whistle blowing
  • Recruitment and vetting of paid and unpaid staff (volunteers)
  • Staff training
  • Confidentiality and record-keeping
  • Responding to allegations of abuse
  • Making a referral to Social Services or Police

The role of the Designated person is to:

  • Obtain information from staff, volunteers, children and parents and carers who have child protection concerns and to record this information.
  • Assess the information quickly and carefully and ask for further information as appropriate.
  • Consult with child protection agencies such as Social Services or the NSPCC to clarify doubts or worries.
  • Make a referral to a statutory child protection agency or the police without delay.
  • Attend appropriate training
  • Organise appropriate training for paid and unpaid workers. The “Designated Person(s)” should ensure that all “workers” (paid/unpaid) are familiar with the contents of this Policy and have received