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Child Protection Policy - Sample 1

  • The needs of the child are always paramount. This principal is contained within the Children Act 1989.

  • It is important that all workers and volunteers are aware of their role regarding child protection issues.

  • The After School Club policy should be used in conjunction with Southampton Child Protection Procedures agreed through the Southampton Child Protection Committee and following procedures in 'What to do if you think a child is being abused' DfE guidance.

Identification and Referral

Volunteers

Volunteers with concerns should discuss them with the club leader as soon as possible.

All concerns should be discussed even if they seem minor.

Playworkers

  • Playworkers noting an obvious injury when a child enters the club should ask about its cause in a non-threatening, non-judgemental way.

  • Any concerns about an injury or a child's behaviour should be discussed with the club leader before the end of the session.

  • Playworkers/volunteers are not permitted to look for bruises or injuries on areas of the body that are normally covered by clothing.

  • If injuries are revealed during play e.g. water play, this should be passed to the club leader immediately.

The Club Leader's Responsibility

When the facts and beliefs are clear, if there is evidence to suspect abuse, the leader should contact social services by phone immediately.

This referral must be followed up in writing within 24 hours.

  • When making the referral, the leader should seek advice about what information should be shared with the parent and child.

  • The leader should collate the necessary information: name, date of birth, address of child, details of actual/suspected abuse, parents' whereabouts, GP's name.

  • Social Services will then try to find out as much as possible about the child and family before deciding what action to take.

  • Staff may be asked to provide more information if you come into regular contact with the child and you will usually be asked to provide a written report.

This report needs to include information on the child, parental details, what you observed, together with date and time of telephone referral and keep a copy for yourself.

Parental Concern

  • Parents should know that staff regularly liaise to discuss concerns/progress of the children in their care.

  • Parents can be assured that any situation will be dealt with sensitively.

  • All matters relating to child abuse are confidential and should only be discussed with those who have a legitimate need to know.

  • However, the leader must make it clear to those providing information that confidentiality may not be maintained if the withholding of information prejudices the welfare of the child.

  • Information would only be faxed when the recipient has confirmed by phone that they are there to receive it.

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