What you need to know
This policy applies to all staff, including the board of trustees, managers, paid staff, volunteers, agency staff, students, sessional workers or anyone working on behalf of the WildAid Foundation Trust
The purpose of this policy:
- to protect children and young people who receive WildAid Foundation Trust services. This includes the children of adults who use our services
- to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.
The WildAid Foundation Trust believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by commitment to practice which protects them.
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child/young person is paramount as enshrined in the Children Act 1989.
- All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identiy, 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, guardians and their agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
- Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- Adopting child protection guidelines 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 necessary checks are made
- Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and guardians and children appropriately
- Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children , parents, staff and volunteers
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
This policy was last reviewed on: 31st October 2016
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