Cap-a-Pie Safeguarding Policy
This policy applies to all staff, including trustees, staff, workers, freelancers, volunteers and subcontractors. senior managers or anyone working on behalf of Cap-a-Pie Engagements.
Cap-a-Pie works with children and families as part of its activities. These include: workshops and performances.
The purpose of this policy:
- To protect children and young people who receive Cap-a-Pie’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;
- To provide trustees, staff, freelancers and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection;
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England/Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales [select the relevant nation]. A summary of the key legislation and guidance is available from nspcc.org.uk/childprotection.
This policy should be read alongside our policies and procedures on:
- Recruitment, induction and training & safer recruitment
- Dealing with Disclosures and concerns about a child or young people
- Managing Allegations against staff and volunteers
- Recording and information sharing
- Code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- Health and Safety
We believe 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.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the child/young person is paramount.
- all children, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
- some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- valuing, listening to and respecting them.
- appointing a nominated child protection/safeguarding lead, a deputy child protection/safeguarding lead and a lead trustee/board member for safeguarding.
- developing child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures which reflect best practice.
- 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.
- creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
- developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures.
- sharing information about child protection and safeguarding best practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, group work and one-to-one discussions.
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures.
- implementing a code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
- using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately.
- ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place.
- ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance.
- recording and storing information professionally and securely.