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Safeguarding Policy

LGBTQ YOUTH CORNWALL (YAY! CORNWALL) SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND VULNERABLE ADULTS POLICY

www.safechildren-cios.co.uk  -  www.swcpp.org.uk

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND VULNERABLE ADULTS POLICY

 

CONTENTS

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Purpose of Policy

Policy Statement

Policy Application

Author

Introduction - Safeguarding Children and Young People

Policy objectives and principles

Equality and Diversity

Review

Responsibilities for Safeguarding

Providing Services

Multi-agency Working – Working Together

Staff Awareness

Safe Employment

References

 

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Purpose of Policy

To set out the duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in Cornwall and how this will be implemented by LGBTQ Youth Cornwall in the discharge of its duties.

Policy Statement

This policy supports the development of procedures and good practice within LGBTQ Youth Cornwall, to ensure that each person and agency can demonstrate that there is an understanding of the duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It provides evidence of how this will be implemented within its own organisation and within multi-agency working arrangements.

This safeguarding policy:

shows how we intend to meet its safeguarding responsibilities promotes best practice within the organisation. reflects the national context of safeguarding and of current central Government expectations, is in line with, and in some cases exceeds, all elements of national Guidance, in order to provide uniformly high standards across the workforce and to place the organisation at the forefront of safeguarding good practice. provides a generic statement of values and key principles which demonstrates to all the commitment of the organisation broadly describes the activities in which we will be involved to meet its responsibilities. will be common to all member organisations of the LSCB, therefore providing for common approaches, training and understanding. sets a standard which LGBTQ Youth Cornwall will require all organisations with which it does relevant business to meet.

Policy Application

This policy applies to all members of staff of LGBTQ Youth Cornwall, trustees and volunteers and all those organisations who have a working relationship with the LGBTQ Youth Cornwall.

This policy is only effective when used in conjunction with the following internal documents

Dealing with Disclosures

Escalating Child Protection Concerns

Active Safeguarding within LGBTQ Youth Cornwall

Author

LSCB Performance Manager

Introduction - Safeguarding Children and Young People

LGBTQ Youth Cornwall role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is as defined in Chapter 3 of the statutory guidance to the Children Act 2004, „Working Together to Safeguard Children‟, (DCSF 2006)

LGBTQ Youth Cornwall recognises that, under the Children Act 2004, it has a statutory duty to make arrangements to ensure all its functions are discharged, having regard to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Cornwall – this includes all services directly provided and those commissioned by the local authority.

LGBTQ Youth Cornwall subscribes to the „Statutory Guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004‟ www.everychildmatters.gov.uk in underpinning “work with individual children and their families” and the “monitoring and inspection of arrangements to safeguard and promote welfare”

“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children” means: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of their health or development; ensuring that they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; Enabling them to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

LGBTQ Youth Cornwall aims to ensure that children in Cornwall achieve the five outcomes for children identified in the Children Act 2004.

The five outcomes are:

Be Healthy – physical and mental health and emotional well-being Stay Safe – prevention and protection from harm and neglect Enjoy and Achieve – education, training and recreation Make a positive contribution to society Achieve Economic and Social Well-being.

The following principles will underpin all of our work with children and young people. Our approach will be:

child centred rooted in child development support the achievement of best possible outcomes for children holistic in approach ensure equality of opportunity actively involve children and families build on strengths as well as identifying and addressing difficulties be multi/inter-agency in approach be a continuing process rather than an event be designed to identify and provide the service required, and to monitor the impact its provision has on a child‟s developmental progress be informed by evidence.

The Cornwall Children and Young People‟s Plan (2005 – 2008, Update 2006, revised 2009) describes the strategic priorities that member agencies will address in relation to the five outcomes and how these will be achieved.

LGBTQ Youth Cornwall is a member of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Safeguarding Children Board and therefore subscribes to the South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures, www.swcpp.org.uk

Policy Objectives

LGBTQ Youth Cornwall and affiliated organisations collect, analyse, monitor and review a wide range of data associated with safeguarding objectives arising from the outcomes listed above and report on a range of these objectives to the Children‟s Trust and regional and national government.

For this policy to be effective it is essential that each person or agency has an understanding of what safeguarding is, knows that “safeguarding is everyone‟s responsibility”, knows how to access safeguarding information, knows of any likely contribution that they may be required to make to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults and how to access further advice, support or services.

Equality and Diversity

This policy should be read with LGBTQ Youth Cornwall Equality and Diversity Policy and Equal Opportunity Policy. Equality is based on the idea of fairness whilst recognising that everyone is different, and diversity is about the ways in which people differ and about recognising that differences are a natural part of society. LGBTQ Youth Cornwall expects that all elected members, staff and volunteers who come into contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults treat them as individuals and make them feel respected and valued as an essential part of our commitment to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. For more information contact the chair of trustees.

Review

This document will be reviewed in February 2012.

 

Responsibilities for Safeguarding LGBTQ Youth Cornwall will ensure that:

1. All staff, trustees and volunteers are committed to the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, that they demonstrate leadership, are informed about and take responsibility for the actions of people who provide services to children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families or carers at all levels.

This means:

taking responsibility for monitoring the actions of staff to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults Ensuring that children, young people and vulnerable adults are listened to appropriately, and Taking appropriate action regarding any concerns expressed about their welfare All members of staff and volunteers who are employed by or on behalf of the [name of organisation]authority, and who have contact with children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families or carers, will have a clear understanding of the [name of organisation] responsibilities for safeguarding. A statement of the[ name of organisation‟s]responsibilities towards children, young people and vulnerable adults will be available to all staff; this will include effective systems to ensure that complaints about non-compliance with safeguarding procedures and policies can be made by children, young people, vulnerable adults, staff and other people - and that they receive an appropriate response.

2. LGBTQ Youth Cornwall has clear lines of accountability in relation to its work in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and delegated decision-making.

This means:

Eric Jacobs, LADO, is accountable for ensuring that satisfactory arrangements are in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, on behalf of LGBTQ Youth Cornwall. We have a designated person for child protection who is trained to CAMAT Tier 3. Currently this person is Kate Sicolo, Chair of Trustees. This senior manager takes strategic responsibility for safeguarding arrangements within the LGBTQ Youth Cornwall. This includes strategic responsibility for safer recruitment, ongoing safer employment, including training and the management of allegations, the monitoring of safeguarding arrangements and the management and support of other named staff who have safeguarding roles and who are trained and able to provide advice on procedure in relation to appropriately passing on concerns relating to children, young people, vulnerable adults and staff.

Providing Services

All policies and services take account of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults; and so far as possible will be informed by the views of children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families or carers. We provide services for young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender role. We recognise that statistically there are many areas in which this group are especially vulnerable and as such recognise the heightened responsibility of the group to provide outstanding safeguarding work for our young people.

This means:

LGBTQ Youth Cornwall, in collaboration with its partners, will provide a range of services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Ensuring that services to children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families or carers are provided safely and effectively, and are accessible.

Multi-agency working - Working Together

Good interagency and multi-disciplinary working is promoted and maintained both within LGBTQ Youth Cornwall and with other organisations. Standards of practice in work with children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families or carers are regularly reviewed in line with relevant national Guidance.

This means:

Ensuring that the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Safeguarding Children Board is provided with appropriate support to carry out its duties in partnership with other local organisations in Cornwall. Commissioned organisations providing services to children, young people, vulnerable adults, their families or carers and to schools will demonstrate standards of safeguarding compliant with those of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Safeguarding Children Board. Information is shared efficiently and effectively in respect of issues that may affect the safety and welfare of children, young people or vulnerable adults. Clear protocols are in place and understood by staff, so ensuring that information is shared appropriately and as the law prescribes. Concerns are shared early in order to prevent any problems escalating.

Staff Awareness

This means:

That all staff employed by LGBTQ Youth Cornwall who have access to children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families or carers, and those who have access to sensitive information, will have induction and on-going training so that they know of the appropriate procedures and personnel in place, and of their role in responding to concerns about children, young people, vulnerable adults and other safeguarding matters. Additionally, line management and/or supervision is in place to appropriately support staff. LGBTQ Youth Cornwall will ensure that every member of staff and trustee knows how to seek advice and report any concern about a child, young person or vulnerable adult. Individual responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults will be encompassed within relevant job descriptions and procedures. All paid staff will be trained to CAMAT tier 2 standard, the lead worker will be trained to CAMAT tier 3 standard. If staff do not hold such a qualification upon

recruitment, we will ensure that such training is undertaken as a priority, and definitely within 6 months of employment. We will ensure that such training is refreshed every two years. All trustees, members of the advisory committee and volunteers will be trained to CAMAT Tier 1 standard as part of their induction. All trustees will be offered in-house Tier 2 training which they may undertake if they wish.

Safe Employment

Robust procedures are in place to ensure that staff who have access to children, young people and vulnerable adults or access to sensitive information about children, young people and vulnerable adults are employed safely.

This means:

There is a culture throughout LGBTQ Youth Cornwall that enables safeguarding issues to be addressed. Recruitment and vetting procedures prevent unsuitable people from having contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults. Staff who work or have contact with children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families or carers have appropriate safeguarding and safe working practices training, including induction, consistent with their role and function. This training will reflect the necessity for effective multi-agency and inter-professional working – both within LGBTQ Youth Cornwall and with other organisations. The content and standard of this training will be approved by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Safeguarding Children Board. Safe working practices are promoted and poor and unsafe practice is challenged Allegations or concerns about staff relating to children or young people are handled effectively and in accordance with „Working Together to Safeguard Children‟,) 6.24, Appendix 5 (DCSF2006) and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Safeguarding Children Board management of allegations procedures, www.safechildren-cios.co.uk Effective arrangements such as a whistle blowing policy, which explicitly describes arrangements for sharing concerns about the behaviour of colleagues and other members of staff are described at induction and training and well-publicised by LGBTQ Youth Cornwall to its employees.

 

References:

1. Working Together to Safeguard Children (DCSF, 2006)

2. Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (DCSF,

2007)

3. What to do if you‟re Worried a Child is Being Abused (DCSF, 2006)

4. If this were my child-A Councillor‟s Guide to being a good corporate

parent (DfES 2003)

5. Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children

and Young People (DCSF 2007)

6. www.swcpp.org.uk

7. www.safechildren-cios.co.uk

8. www.everychildmatters.gov.uk