Our safeguarding policy
This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers, paid staff, volunteers and sessionaI workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of The Fox Project.
The purpose of this policy:
- To protect children and young people who receive The Fox Project’s 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 and child protection;
The Fox Project believes that a child or young person should never 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 practise in a way that protects them.
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
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Children Act 2004
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Children and Families Act 2014
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
- religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation
- Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of
previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs
or other issues.
3. 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
- Appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for children and young people.
- Adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- Recording and storing information professionally and securely.
- Using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately.
- Using our procedures to manage any allegations appropriately.
- Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment.
- Ensuring that we have effective complaints measures in place.
This policy was last reviewed on: 25th August 2018