This policy applies to all staff, including paid staff and volunteers or anyone working on behalf of Optimum Coaching
The purpose of this policy is:
- To protect children and young people who receive Optimum Coaching 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.
Optimum Coaching 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.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of 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 • Sexual Offences Act 2003 • Children Act 2004 • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 • Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children
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 belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a 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 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
- adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures if appropriate at any time (Currently not required for the work we do)
- providing effective management for any staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
- Sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
What Does This All Mean In Practice?
Should anyone have any concerns regarding the safety or wellbeing of a child or children then we have a duty to record and report this to the relevant bodies. Protecting a child from serious harm overrides any confidentiality agreements in our contracts.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
This policy was last reviewed on: 1st October 2016