As a provider of children’s activities SLM has a duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. This policy and the procedures have been developed to comply with that duty and the relevant legislation and guidance, namely:
SLM upholds the principle that the child’s welfare is paramount and that all children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
The word ‘child’ or ‘children and young people’ is used to refer to anyone under the age of 18, as defined by the Children Act 1989.
Everyone in SLM has a duty to raise concerns about behaviour of colleagues, volunteers, managers and others, which may be harmful to those in their care, without prejudice to their own position.
The safeguarding policy and procedure applies to all those working for SLM, whether paid or unpaid. Both are referred to as colleagues throughout the policy and procedures.
Children and young people have contact with SLM in different ways. For example, they attend our clubs, use our sports facilities, crèches and nursery and attend birthday parties. Whenever children and young people come into contact with us we want them to be safe and to enjoy their time with us. To this end we are committed to working in a child-centred way where the children we work with are valued and respected as individuals, and their views and concerns are listened to.
SLM’s child protection procedures are intended to:
To meet our safeguarding responsibilities SLM will:
Other SLM policies and procedures have aspects which relate to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and therefore these should be read in conjunction
with this document:
The policy and procedures will be reviewed and updated annually unless there is a change in legislation or guidance or an incident that warrants them being reviewed sooner.
Last Policy Review Date: September 2016