Our safeguarding policy – January 2018

This policy applies to all staff, the board of trustees, volunteers and sessional workers, students and anyone working on behalf of SKRUM.

The purpose of this policy:

  • to protect children and young people who receive SKRUM’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;
  • to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection;
  • SKRUM believes 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 practice in a way that protects them.
The Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of UK law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:

  • Children Act 1989
  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years – Statutory guidance for organizations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities; HM Government 2014
  • Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding and services to children, young people, parents and carers; HM Government 2015
  • Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; HM Government 2015
This policy should be read alongside our policies and procedures on:
  • Role of the designated safeguarding officer
  • Dealing with disclosures and concerns about a child or young person
  • Managing allegations against staff and volunteers
  • Recording and information sharing according to the relevant Data Protection legislation
  • Code of conduct for Trustees, staff and volunteers in Swaziland and the UK
  • Complaints
  • Health and safety
We recognise that:
  • The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection for 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 other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

Valuing them, listening to and respecting them and by:

  • Appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for children and young people and a Deputy Safeguarding Officer
  • Adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • Developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurances measures
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • Recording and storing information professionally and securely, and sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, one-to- one discussions
  • Using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young peoples, families and carers appropriately
  • 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
Contact details

Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) Name: Tristan Muller-Forster
Email: Tristan.forster@skrum.org

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) Name: Nigel Larcombe-Williams
Email: nigel@skrum.org

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