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Policy Statement  \n \n2. Procedures   \n \n3. Recognising the Signs and Symptoms of Abuse   \n \n4. Responsible Persons    \n \n5. Stages to Follow if you are Worried about a Child \n  \n6. Managing Allegations against a Member of Staff or Volunteer \n \n7.Keeping Records \n \n8.Useful contact details \n \n \n \n \nAPPENDIX \n \n \n1.Appendix 1 - Definitions of Abuse \n \n2.Appendix 2 – Flow Chart \n \n3.Appendix 3 – Report Form \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \nChild Protection Policy \n \n \n \n1.Policy Statement  \n \nWood Street Walls CIC is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children \nand young people.  It recognises its responsibility to take all reasonable steps to \npromote safe practice and to protect children and young people from harm, abuse \nand exploitation.   \n \nWood Street Walls CIC acknowledges its duty to act appropriately to any \nallegations, reports or suspicions of abuse. Paid staff and volunteers will \nendeavour to work together to encourage the development of an ethos which \nembraces difference and diversity and respects the rights of Children and Young \nPeople. Implementing this child protection policy;   \n \n \n2 Wood Street Walls CIC will: \n \nCommunicate to all workers their legal and moral responsibility to work to the \nstandards that are detailed in Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the \nneed to work at all times towards maintaining high standards of practice in \nprotection of children and young people. Ensure that all workers undertaken basic \nchild protection training provided. \n \nThe Archway Project believes that a child or young person should never \nexperience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of \nall children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to \npractice in a way that protects them.  \n \nWe will seek to keep children and young people safe by:  \n \n●valuing them, listening to and respecting them.  \n \n●adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of \nconduct for staff and volunteers  \n \n●providing effective management for staff and volunteers through \nsupervision, support and training  \n \n●recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all staff and volunteers have \nenhanced DBS, Criminal Record checks updated every 3 years. This is carried out by Onfido.\n \n●sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, \nparents, staff and volunteers  \n \n●sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents \nand children appropriately.  \n \n \n \n \n \n \n3.Procedures \n \nThese procedures have been designed to ensure that the welfare and protection \nof any child and young person who accesses the services provided by Wood Street Walls CIC. \n \nThis procedure provides clear direction to staff and volunteers at the Archway \nProject if they have concerns that a child is in need of protection.  \n \n4.Recognising the signs and symptoms of abuse   \n \nWood Street Walls CIC will ensure that all staff members whether paid or unpaid, \nundertake training to gain a basic awareness of the signs and symptoms of child \nabuse (see Appendix 1).   \n \nFor example: \n   \n●a child or young person alleges that abuse has taken place and that they \nfeel unsafe  \n \n●a third party or anonymous allegation is received  \n \n●a member of staff might be concerned about a child’s appearance or \nbehaviour or about the behaviour of a parent or carer towards a child  \n \n●a parent or carer might make a disclosure about abuse that a child is \nsuffering or at risk of suffering  \n \n●a child or young person reports an incident(s) of alleged abuse which \noccurred some time ago;   \n \n●a report is made regarding the serious misconduct of a worker towards a \nchild or young person.   \n \n \n5.Named responsible persons  \n \nWood Street Walls CIC has an appointed individual who is responsible for dealing \nwith any child protection concerns.  In their absence, a deputy will always be \navailable for workers to consult with. The named persons for Child Protection \nwithin Wood Street Walls CIC are:  \n \nName Person: Mark Clack  \nWork telephone number: 07867 786688\nEmail: mark:::at:::woodstreetwalls.co.uk\n \nDeputy Name Person: Melissa Richards\nWork telephone number: 07801 657644\nEmail: milli@woodstreetwalls.co.uk\n \n \n \n \n \n \n5. Stages to follow if you are worried about a child   \n \nWood Street Walls CIC recognises that it has a duty to act on reports or suspicions \nof abuse. It also acknowledges that taking action in cases of child abuse is never \neasy. However Wood Street Walls CIC believes that the safety of the child should \noverride any doubts or hesitations. When worrying changes are observed in a \nchild’s or young person’s behaviour, physical condition or appearance staff will:   \n \nStage 1   \n  \n \n●Listen carefully to what the child/young person has to say and take it \nseriously.   \n \n●Let the child/young person tell his or her whole story. Don’t try to \ninvestigate or take sole responsibility for a situation.  Don’t quiz the child, \nbut make sure that you are clear as to what he/she is saying.   \n \n●Reassure the child/young person that telling someone about it was the \nright thing to do. Always explain to child/young people that any information \nthey have given will have to be shared with others.   \n \n●Notify the organisation’s Named Person for Child Protection. (See Appendix \n2 Flow chart). \n  \n●Record the concern and how it is dealt with as soon as possible using report \nform (Appendix 3 report form) and ensure it is signed and dated.   \n \nIf a child in immediate danger or in need of emergency medical attention \n \n●If the child is in immediate danger and is with you, remain with him/her \nand call the police on 999 \n.  \n●If the child is elsewhere, contact the police and explain the situation to \nthem.  \n \n●If he/she needs emergency medical attention, call an ambulance and, while \nyou are waiting for it to arrive, get help from your first aider.  \n \n●If the first aider is not available, use any first aid knowledge that you may \nhave yourself to help the child.  \n \n●You also need to contact your manager or named person for child \nprotection to let them know what is happening.  A decision will need to be \nmade about who should inform the child’s family and the local authority \nchildren’s social care department, and when they should be informed. If \nyou have involved the police and/or the health services, they should be \npart of this decision. Consider the welfare of the child in your decision \nmaking as the highest priority.  \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \nStage 2   \n \n●The Named person(s) will take immediate action if there is a suspicion that \na child has been abused or likely to be abused. In this situation the Named \nPerson will contact the police and/or the relevant Social Services office.   \n \n●The named person can also seek advice and clarity about a situation that is \nbeginning to raise concern via the relevant duty team from the local Social \nServices or via the NSPCC National Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 \n5000.   \n \n6.Managing allegations made against a member of staff or volunteer   \n \nWood Street Walls CIC will ensure that any allegations made against members or a \nmember of staff will be dealt with swiftly and in accordance with these \nprocedures: \n \n●The worker must ensure that that the child is safe and away from the \nperson against whom the allegation is made. \n \n●The named person for child protection should be informed immediately. In \nthe case of an allegation involving the named person, alternative \narrangements should be sought to ensure that the matter is dealt with by \nan independent person.   (Note: this could be a Trustee, director or anyone \nwithin the organisation that is in a senior position within the organisation \nand believed to be independent of the allegations being made). \n \n●The named person should contact Social Services for advice on how to \nproceed with the immediate situation.  In the event of an emergency \nsituation arising, the police should be contacted for discussion. \n \n●The individual who first received/witnessed the concern should make a full \nwritten record of what was seen, heard and/or told as soon as possible \nafter observing the incident/receiving the report. It is important that the \nreport is an accurate description. The named person (if appropriate) can \nsupport the worker during this process but must not complete the report \nfor the worker. This report must be made available on request from either \nthe police and/or social services. \n \n●Regardless of whether a police and/or social services investigation follows, \nWood Street Walls CIC will ensure that an internal investigation takes place \nand consideration is given to the operation of disciplinary procedures. This \nmay involve an immediate suspension and/or ultimate dismissal dependant \non the nature of the incident. \n \n7.Keeping a record of your concerns  \n \nUse reporting form (Appendix 3) to record the concern and how it is dealt with. \nThe relevant sections of the form should be completed and signed at each stage \nof the procedure. It can be used to forward information to the statutory child \nprotection authorities if a referral to them is needed.  \n \nThe form should be signed and dated by all those involved in its completion and \nkept confidentially on the child’s file. The name of the person making the notes \nshould be written alongside each entry.  \n \n8.Useful contact details: \n \nLocal police:  \nThe new number to contact your local police: Dial 101 \nask for Walthamstow or Leytonstone Police Station \n \n \nLocal authorities: \n \nWaltham Forest\n \nHelp & Advice: \n \nNSPCC Helpline \n0808 800 5000 \ntextphone 0800 400 222   \nhelp@nspcc.org.uk \nHelp for adults concerned \nabout a child \nChildLine \nHelp for children & young \npeople \n0800 1111 \nWebsite:  www.childline.org.uk \n \nIf a child is in immediate danger, you should always call the Police on 999 \n \nWe are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Appendix 1 - Definitions of Abuse\"\n}\n[/block]\n Physical abuse - is violence causing injury or occurring regularly during \nchildhood. It happens when:  \n \n●a child is hurt or injured by being hit, shaken, squeezed, thrown, burned, \nscalded, bitten or cut  \n●someone tries to drown or suffocate a child  \n●someone gives a child poison, alcohol or inappropriate drugs  \n●someone fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a \nchild.  \n \nIn some cases the injuries will be caused deliberately. In others they may be \naccidental but caused by the child being knowingly put at risk.  \n \nSexual abuse - occurs when someone uses power or control to involve a child in \nsexual activity in order to gratify the abuser’s own sexual, emotional or financial \nneeds or desires. It may include:  \n \n●forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not \nthe child is aware of what is happening  \n●encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways  \n●showing children pornographic material or involving them in the production \nof such material  \n●involving children in watching other people’s sexual activity or in \ninappropriate discussions about sexual matters.  \n \nEmotional abuse - is persistent or severe emotional ill-treatment of a child that \nis likely to cause serious harm to his/her development. It may include:  \n \n●persistently denying the child love and affection  \n●regularly making the child feel frightened by shouts, threats or any other \nmeans  \n●hurting another person or a pet in order to distress a child  \n●being so over-protective towards the child that he/she is unable to develop \nor lead a normal life  \n●exploiting or corrupting a child, e.g. by involving him/her in illegal \nbehaviour  \n●conveying to a child the message that he/she is worthless, unlovable, \ninadequate, or his/her only value is to meet the needs of another person. \nThis may or may not include racist, homophobic or other forms of abuse.  \n \nNeglect - involves persistently failing to meet a child’s physical, psychological or \nemotional needs. It may include:  \n \n●failing to ensure that a child’s basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, health \ncare, hygiene and education are met  \n●failing to provide appropriate supervision to keep a child out of danger. This \nincludes lack of supervision of particular activities or leaving a child alone in \nthe house.  \n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Appendix 2 - Flow Chart\"\n}\n[/block]\nWood Street Walls CIC - Urgent Action\n\n\n[block:image]\n{\n  \"images\": [\n    {}\n  ]\n}\n[/block]\n\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"Appendix 3 - Report Form\"\n}\n[/block]","excerpt":"","slug":"working-with-children","type":"basic","title":"Child Protection Policy"}

Child Protection Policy


CONTENTS 1. Policy Statement 2. Procedures 3. Recognising the Signs and Symptoms of Abuse 4. Responsible Persons 5. Stages to Follow if you are Worried about a Child 6. Managing Allegations against a Member of Staff or Volunteer 7.Keeping Records 8.Useful contact details APPENDIX 1.Appendix 1 - Definitions of Abuse 2.Appendix 2 – Flow Chart 3.Appendix 3 – Report Form Child Protection Policy 1.Policy Statement Wood Street Walls CIC is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people. It recognises its responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation. Wood Street Walls CIC acknowledges its duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse. Paid staff and volunteers will endeavour to work together to encourage the development of an ethos which embraces difference and diversity and respects the rights of Children and Young People. Implementing this child protection policy; 2 Wood Street Walls CIC will: Communicate to all workers their legal and moral responsibility to work to the standards that are detailed in Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the need to work at all times towards maintaining high standards of practice in protection of children and young people. Ensure that all workers undertaken basic child protection training provided. The Archway 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 practice in a way that protects them. We will seek to keep children and young people safe by: ●valuing them, listening to and respecting them. ●adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers ●providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training ●recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS, Criminal Record checks updated every 3 years. This is carried out by Onfido. ●sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers ●sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately. 3.Procedures These procedures have been designed to ensure that the welfare and protection of any child and young person who accesses the services provided by Wood Street Walls CIC. This procedure provides clear direction to staff and volunteers at the Archway Project if they have concerns that a child is in need of protection. 4.Recognising the signs and symptoms of abuse Wood Street Walls CIC will ensure that all staff members whether paid or unpaid, undertake training to gain a basic awareness of the signs and symptoms of child abuse (see Appendix 1). For example: ●a child or young person alleges that abuse has taken place and that they feel unsafe ●a third party or anonymous allegation is received ●a member of staff might be concerned about a child’s appearance or behaviour or about the behaviour of a parent or carer towards a child ●a parent or carer might make a disclosure about abuse that a child is suffering or at risk of suffering ●a child or young person reports an incident(s) of alleged abuse which occurred some time ago; ●a report is made regarding the serious misconduct of a worker towards a child or young person. 5.Named responsible persons Wood Street Walls CIC has an appointed individual who is responsible for dealing with any child protection concerns. In their absence, a deputy will always be available for workers to consult with. The named persons for Child Protection within Wood Street Walls CIC are: Name Person: Mark Clack Work telephone number: 07867 786688 Email: mark@woodstreetwalls.co.uk Deputy Name Person: Melissa Richards Work telephone number: 07801 657644 Email: milli@woodstreetwalls.co.uk 5. Stages to follow if you are worried about a child Wood Street Walls CIC recognises that it has a duty to act on reports or suspicions of abuse. It also acknowledges that taking action in cases of child abuse is never easy. However Wood Street Walls CIC believes that the safety of the child should override any doubts or hesitations. When worrying changes are observed in a child’s or young person’s behaviour, physical condition or appearance staff will: Stage 1 ●Listen carefully to what the child/young person has to say and take it seriously. ●Let the child/young person tell his or her whole story. Don’t try to investigate or take sole responsibility for a situation. Don’t quiz the child, but make sure that you are clear as to what he/she is saying. ●Reassure the child/young person that telling someone about it was the right thing to do. Always explain to child/young people that any information they have given will have to be shared with others. ●Notify the organisation’s Named Person for Child Protection. (See Appendix 2 Flow chart). ●Record the concern and how it is dealt with as soon as possible using report form (Appendix 3 report form) and ensure it is signed and dated. If a child in immediate danger or in need of emergency medical attention ●If the child is in immediate danger and is with you, remain with him/her and call the police on 999 . ●If the child is elsewhere, contact the police and explain the situation to them. ●If he/she needs emergency medical attention, call an ambulance and, while you are waiting for it to arrive, get help from your first aider. ●If the first aider is not available, use any first aid knowledge that you may have yourself to help the child. ●You also need to contact your manager or named person for child protection to let them know what is happening. A decision will need to be made about who should inform the child’s family and the local authority children’s social care department, and when they should be informed. If you have involved the police and/or the health services, they should be part of this decision. Consider the welfare of the child in your decision making as the highest priority. Stage 2 ●The Named person(s) will take immediate action if there is a suspicion that a child has been abused or likely to be abused. In this situation the Named Person will contact the police and/or the relevant Social Services office. ●The named person can also seek advice and clarity about a situation that is beginning to raise concern via the relevant duty team from the local Social Services or via the NSPCC National Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000. 6.Managing allegations made against a member of staff or volunteer Wood Street Walls CIC will ensure that any allegations made against members or a member of staff will be dealt with swiftly and in accordance with these procedures: ●The worker must ensure that that the child is safe and away from the person against whom the allegation is made. ●The named person for child protection should be informed immediately. In the case of an allegation involving the named person, alternative arrangements should be sought to ensure that the matter is dealt with by an independent person. (Note: this could be a Trustee, director or anyone within the organisation that is in a senior position within the organisation and believed to be independent of the allegations being made). ●The named person should contact Social Services for advice on how to proceed with the immediate situation. In the event of an emergency situation arising, the police should be contacted for discussion. ●The individual who first received/witnessed the concern should make a full written record of what was seen, heard and/or told as soon as possible after observing the incident/receiving the report. It is important that the report is an accurate description. The named person (if appropriate) can support the worker during this process but must not complete the report for the worker. This report must be made available on request from either the police and/or social services. ●Regardless of whether a police and/or social services investigation follows, Wood Street Walls CIC will ensure that an internal investigation takes place and consideration is given to the operation of disciplinary procedures. This may involve an immediate suspension and/or ultimate dismissal dependant on the nature of the incident. 7.Keeping a record of your concerns Use reporting form (Appendix 3) to record the concern and how it is dealt with. The relevant sections of the form should be completed and signed at each stage of the procedure. It can be used to forward information to the statutory child protection authorities if a referral to them is needed. The form should be signed and dated by all those involved in its completion and kept confidentially on the child’s file. The name of the person making the notes should be written alongside each entry. 8.Useful contact details: Local police: The new number to contact your local police: Dial 101 ask for Walthamstow or Leytonstone Police Station Local authorities: Waltham Forest Help & Advice: NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000 textphone 0800 400 222 help@nspcc.org.uk Help for adults concerned about a child ChildLine Help for children & young people 0800 1111 Website: www.childline.org.uk If a child is in immediate danger, you should always call the Police on 999 We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually. [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Appendix 1 - Definitions of Abuse" } [/block] Physical abuse - is violence causing injury or occurring regularly during childhood. It happens when: ●a child is hurt or injured by being hit, shaken, squeezed, thrown, burned, scalded, bitten or cut ●someone tries to drown or suffocate a child ●someone gives a child poison, alcohol or inappropriate drugs ●someone fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child. In some cases the injuries will be caused deliberately. In others they may be accidental but caused by the child being knowingly put at risk. Sexual abuse - occurs when someone uses power or control to involve a child in sexual activity in order to gratify the abuser’s own sexual, emotional or financial needs or desires. It may include: ●forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening ●encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways ●showing children pornographic material or involving them in the production of such material ●involving children in watching other people’s sexual activity or in inappropriate discussions about sexual matters. Emotional abuse - is persistent or severe emotional ill-treatment of a child that is likely to cause serious harm to his/her development. It may include: ●persistently denying the child love and affection ●regularly making the child feel frightened by shouts, threats or any other means ●hurting another person or a pet in order to distress a child ●being so over-protective towards the child that he/she is unable to develop or lead a normal life ●exploiting or corrupting a child, e.g. by involving him/her in illegal behaviour ●conveying to a child the message that he/she is worthless, unlovable, inadequate, or his/her only value is to meet the needs of another person. This may or may not include racist, homophobic or other forms of abuse. Neglect - involves persistently failing to meet a child’s physical, psychological or emotional needs. It may include: ●failing to ensure that a child’s basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, health care, hygiene and education are met ●failing to provide appropriate supervision to keep a child out of danger. This includes lack of supervision of particular activities or leaving a child alone in the house. [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Appendix 2 - Flow Chart" } [/block] Wood Street Walls CIC - Urgent Action [block:image] { "images": [ {} ] } [/block] [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "Appendix 3 - Report Form" } [/block]