Outposts - Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Outposts - Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Our child protection and safegarding policy

Our child protection and safegarding policy

Outposts Ltd has a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in Outposts Ltd activities from harm. All children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. Outposts Ltd will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved in activities through adherence to the Child Safeguarding, Protecting & Prevent Duty guidelines adopted by Outposts Ltd.

Outposts Ltd takes into account the interests and well-being of all young people with whom we are working. All employees will respect the rights, wishes and feelings of the young and take all reasonable, practicable steps to protect them from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

All staff employed at Outposts Ltd are Enhanced DBS checked; copies of DBS certificates can be found at Outposts Ltd Head Office.

The guidelines we follow

The guidelines we follow

Outposts Ltd’s Child Safeguarding, Protecting & Prevent Policy is set in accordance with the following legislation and government guidelines:

  • The Children Act 1989
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 
  • Protection of Children Act 1999
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004 
  • Safeguard Children 2006 & 2010 (protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation)
  • The Prevent Duty 2016 (identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation)

A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989).

 

What to do?

What to do?

If you suspect a child is being abused / harmed / radicalised:

  1. Immediately tell the member of staff in charge of the group. 
  2. Record the facts as you know them and give a copy to the Managing Director.

If a child tells you about abuse / harm / radicalisationby someone else:

  1. Allow the child to speak without interruption, accepting what is said.
  2. Alleviate feelings of guilt and isolation, while passing no judgment. 
  3. Advise that you will try to offer support, but that you must pass the information on to a member of their teaching staff.
  4. Same steps as 1-2 as in suspecting a child is being abused.

If you receive an allegation about any adult or about yourself:

  1. Immediately tell the Managing Director.
  2. Record the facts as you know them and give a copy to the Managing Director. 
  3. Try to ensure no-one is placed in a position, which could cause further compromise.


You must immediately inform the Managing Director if any of the above circumstances occur.