Child Protection Policy
This policy is underpinned by the principles and guidance detailed in the Government documents ‘Working together to safeguard children’ and ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’. Both documents are available through www.everychildmatters.co.uk
For the purposes of our Child Protection Policy and Procedures, we define a child as any person under 18 years, or those who are considered vulnerable.
CICRA’s Child Protection Policy and Procedures apply to all children regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or religion.
CICRA is committed to practices that protect children from harm and it is the duty of all CICRA staff, trustees and volunteers to take steps to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of all children with who they come into contact. This Child Protection Policy outlines how CICRA deals with child protection issues and is intended to safeguard the children who come into contact with CICRA staff, trustees and volunteers.
We will endeavour to safeguard children by:-
- Adopting child protection procedures and a code of conduct for staff, trustees and volunteers who have direct contact with children
- Having a clear procedure for dealing with child protection issues and concerns about children’s welfare
- Ensuring that all CICRA staff, trustees and volunteers who have direct contact with children are subject to careful selection procedures, in line with the Criminal Records Bureau guidelines
- Ensuring that all CICRA staff, trustees and volunteers are aware of our child protection policy, procedures and code of conduct and understand their responsibilities
- Ensuring that children and their parents and carers are made aware of CICRA’s Child Protection Policy and who they should contact if they have child protection concerns
- Appointing two designated child protection representatives to enable any concerns to be reported in accordance with our procedures
- Reviewing our Child Protection Policy and procedures on an annual basis. Feedback from staff, trustees, volunteers, children, parents and carers about child protection issues will be taken into account in these reviews
The names and contact details for CICRA’s two child protection representatives are:
Dr Nick Croft (Clinical director) and Mrs Margaret Lee
Both child protection representatives can be contacted via the CICRA office on 020 8949 6209
Safe Selection and Recruitment of Staff, Trustees and Volunteers
All CICRA staff, trustees and volunteers who have direct contact with children will be subject to careful selection procedures. CICRA will:
- Request proof of identity (e.g. birth certificate, driving licence or passport)
- Request and take up two references
- Carry out checks with the Criminal Records Bureau
Training of Staff, Trustees and Volunteers
All CICRA staff, trustees and volunteers will be made aware of CICRA’s Child Protection Policy as part of their induction. Staff, trustees and volunteers who are involved in day to day work, events and projects in which they have direct contact with children may be asked to attend a child protection training course.
Nominated Child Protection Representatives
Dr Nick Croft and Mrs Margaret Lee are the nominated child protection representatives. They are responsible for providing continuity in dealing with child protection issues and will take responsibility for dealing with allegations or suspicions of child abuse. In particular, the nominated child protection representatives will be responsible for:
- Receiving information from staff, trustees, volunteers, children, parents and carers who have child protection concerns
- Recording information about child protection concerns in writing and assessing it promptly and carefully
- Seeking advice from a relevant body (such as the NSPCC)
- Making formal referrals to a statutory child protection agency or the police. NB it is not the role of the Child Protection Representatives or any other representative of CICRA to decide whether a child has been abused or not.
Advice can be obtained on how to deal with allegations or suspicions of child abuse by telephoning the NSPCC Child Protection helpline (24 hour) on 0808 800 5000
CICRA’s code of conduct sets clear boundaries of behaviour for working with children and promotes a safe and open working environment. All CICRA staff, trustees and volunteers must follow this code of conduct and breaches of the code will be addressed in accordance with CICRA’s Disciplinary Policy and Procedure.
All CICRA staff, trustees and volunteers must:
- Ensure that activities that involve direct contact with children are planned to take place in groups or with parents and carers in attendance
- Ensure that parents and carers are made fully aware of the nature of CICRA’s work with their children and made aware that they can remain present at all times
- Ensure that children and their parents and carers are made aware of CICRA’s Child Protection Policy and who they should contact if they have child protection concerns
- Avoid spending time alone with an individual child
- Treat all children with respect
- Respect children’s right to privacy
- Ensure that the principles of CICRA’s Equal Opportunities Policy are applied to the children who are involved in our work
They must not:
- Have any inappropriate physical or verbal contact with children
- Show favouritism to any individual child
- Allow the use of inappropriate language to go unchallenged
- Allow allegations made by a child to be ignored or unrecorded