SAFEGUARDING POLICY 2021

The purpose of this policy is:

To protect children and young people at “The Reach Performers Company”. This includes the children and adults who use our services. 


To provide parents, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection. 
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of “The Reach Performers Company” including volunteers, chaperones and young helpers.

Legal framework:

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England/Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales 


Related policies and procedures:

  • Role of the designated safeguarding officer 


  • Dealing with disclosures and concerns about a child or young person

  • Code of conduct for staff and volunteers

  • Safer recruitment and environment

  • Online safety 


  • Anti-bullying

  • Managing complaints

  • Health and safety

  • Training, supervision and support

  • Adult to child ratios

  • Quality assurance

  • A safe and friendly space

We believe that: 


  • Children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind.

  • We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all our children and young people, to keep themsafe in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

  • The welfare of the children is paramount

  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexualorientation 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 levelof dependency, communication needs or other issues.

  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, careers and other agencies isessential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting them 


  • Adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers. 
 

  • Developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures. 
 

  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures. 


  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made. 


  • Recording and storing information professionally and securely. 


  • Sharing information about safeguarding and good practice.

  • Using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant 
information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and careers appropriately.

  • Using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately. 


  • Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy andprocedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise. 


 

  • Insuring that we have effective complaints measures in place.

 

  • Insuring 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:
Company lead for safeguarding 

Name: Jessica Hughes
Phone: 07730651863
Email: Jessica@reachperformers.co.uk

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