THE QUINN CENTRE SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS 2018/19
THE QUINN CENTRE
54 PALACE GATES ROAD, ALEXANDRA PALACE
Director: Thomas Herreboudt
07808 857 530
|This policy was approved by the Board of Trustees in||August 2019|
|Date disseminated to staff||August 2019|
|Date for review||July 2020|
SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION
Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from harm.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as;
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is defined as the actions that must be taken if the welfare of a child is in danger. The abuse of children and young people – physically, emotionally, sexually and through neglect – is a sad fact of life. Children and young people may be abused regardless of their age, gender, religious belief, race, sexual orientation, culture or ability. They are usually abused by people they know and trust.
Those who work with children and young people in voluntary and community organisations may be able to provide an important link in identifying individuals who have been or are at risk of being harmed in this way.
In 2015 the government produced “Working Together to Safeguard Children” a code of practice for adults working with young people, to give youth organisations a framework on which to base their activities to minimise the chances of abuse taking place. Further statutory guidance was issued by Department of Education in 2016 entitled “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. These guidelines are based on this code of practice (for links to these documents please see at the bottom of this page) and provides a summery of what those who work with children should do and must do in relation to safeguarding and child protection.
All Quinn Centre staff and volunteers are vetted as part of our responsibility to our members. The vetting includes police checks, interview, references being followed up and a probationary period completed.