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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;

Legal framework 

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
  • Whistleblowing
  • Anti-Bullying
  • 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.